Excessive Bell-Ringing By Priest Takes Its Toll On Italian Community

In an elegant suburb of Florence, nerves had begun to fray. Day and night, at all hours, the bells of the local church Santa Maria a Coverciano rang incessantly. Priest Don Leonardo Guerri seemed to have no mercy for his parishioners kept from working, relaxing or sleeping by the chimes. But, having finally had too much, the local residents have made their voices heard over the peals.

The “war of the bells”, as the local newspaper dubbed it, had been dragging on for four years. Residents were subjected to the chimes hundreds of times a day. On holidays, the bells would ring every half hour.  The owner of

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