ACI Prensa Staff, Nov 17, 2023 / 18:40 pm
During the night of Nov. 14–15, unidentified persons destroyed the altar and stole sacred vessels from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in the Archdiocese of Rouen, France.
According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, the prosecutor’s office confirmed that the Sacré-Coeur basilica was vandalized and that the unidentified persons also smashed a statue, although the Blessed Sacrament was not stolen.
The authorities have not yet identified the vandals, but local police have already launched an investigation to find them.
In a video posted on X Nov. 15, Father Geoffroy de la Tousche, priest of the parishes in downtown Rouen, explained that the state of the basilica is “completely appalling: a statue was broken, the sacred vessels were stolen, the sanctuary was also very damaged.”