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Man suffers serious burns after setting himself on fire in Vatican City

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Man suffers serious burns after setting himself on fire in Vatican City

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An Italian man has set himself on fire inside the grounds of the Vatican, on St Peter’s Square.

The 52-year-old has since been taken to hospital with serious burns to his torso.

A passing Jesuit priest is said to have tried to extinguish the flames, before emergency services arrived.

The man’s motives remain unknown, but he was reportedly found carrying a note bearing his daughter’s phone number.