ACI Prensa Staff, Oct 5, 2023 / 18:00 pm
St. Alberto Hurtado Chapel in the Archdiocese of Concepción and St. Joseph Church of the Diocese of Linares were set on fire over the weekend. Both churches are located in central Chile.
According to a Facebook post by the Archdiocese of Concepción, the fire in the chapel was started around midnight on Sunday, Oct. 1, and the building “was completely destroyed due to arson.” The chapel was part of St. Joseph Parish in the town of Curanilahue and served a community of about 50 faithful.
The archdiocese said the auxiliary bishop and pastor of St. Joseph Church in Curanilahue, Oscar García, “immediately arrived at the scene to accompany the community in this difficult moment and encouraged them to keep hope alive, not give up, and have faith, rising above the pain that the burning of the infrastructure brings with it.”