In these stunning pictures, Europe's most active volcano appears to be spewing lava right onto the 19th century church.
The Sicilian municipality was in no immediate danger because the lava flowed into a valley, but flights had to be cancelled overnight because of the resulting ash.
A blast in May, the fifth of 2011, caused major disruption when lava spewed onto its south-eastern slopes and winds swept ash further afield, stopping flights at Catania's airport.
Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at 3,295 metres (10,810 feet). Read More