Several anti-Christian incidents have caused a stir in Austria, after last week’s terrorist attack by a man shouting Islamist phrases at a cathedral in France.
A 19-year-old Afghan was arrested Monday, and has confessed to striking a religious sister, 76, in the face on Saturday afternoon as she rode a bus in the Austrian city of Graz.
Between 30 and 50 young people also attacked a church in Vienna-Favoriten on Thursday evening. According to several media reports, the perpetrators were a group of young Turks. The attackers stormed into the parish church of St. Anton in Favoriten, shouted "Allahu Akbar," and kicking pews and other furnishing in the church.
The Archdiocese of Vienna condemned the attack and called for "quick clarification" and "consequences."
The Vienna State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Combating Terrorism was given video material by the church's deputy pastor, which is currently being evaluated.
Another Afghan was arrested over the weekend while shouting "Islamic slogans" in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna police confirmed to CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German language news partner.
Churches in Vienna are now being monitored more closely as part of the patrol service, police told CNA Deutsch.
Ed. note: While both translations have appeared in U.S. media reports, CNA has retranslated "augenscheinlich" as "apparent" rather than "obvious," in consultation with German correspondents.