A giant statue of the ancient god Moloch has been erected at the entrance to Rome’s Colosseum.
The pagan god, notorious for child sacrifice, is part of a historical exhibition in the Italian capital, but has attracted criticism from Catholics. It appeared only days before a scandal over the veneration of Pachamama statuettes in the Vatican in October.
Moloch is portrayed as a bronze statue with a calf’s head adorned with a royal crown and seated on a throne. His arms were extended to receive the child victims sacrificed to him. Moloch was worshipped by the Ammonites, Canaanites, Phoenicians and Carthaginians, and was one of the entities worshipped by King Solomon when led astray by his foreign wives.
The statue is one of the attractions in an exhibition about the ancient city of Carthage, which runs till March.
The other idol, South American pagan goddess Pachamama, was honoured in the Vatican Gardens prior to the Amazon Synod – much to the consternation of Western Catholics. The statuettes of the goddess were thrown into the Tiber by Austrian Catholic Alexander Tschugguel on 21 October.

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