Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco has been receiving death threats following comments he made recently opposing so called gay marriage, same sex unions.
Over the weekend a letter was received with a live bullet in the envelope, along with a picture of the Archbishop with a swastika cut into it. This is the latest in a line of incidents which started last month when graffiti was sprayed onto the doors of the Cathedral in Genoa.
The Archbishop spoke out recently against proposed legislation in Italy that will give the same marital rights to same sex unions as those given to normal marriages. He said that such legislation undermines the traditional and ancient position of the institution of marriage within society.
The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his support for the Archbishop, charging him to continue working for human and religious rights, without which "it was impossible to build a true, free and stable democracy."