CNA Staff, Dec 17, 2020 / 16:14 pm
A Colombian bishop has decried the desecration of a Catholic church and its tabernacle in the country and called on civil authorities to investigate the crime.
The church of Our Lady of Valvanera in Pitalito, Colombia was broken into Dec. 12 by unidentified vandals who broke open the tabernacle and threw consecrated hosts on the ground, Vatican News reported. The vandals also stole the ciborium, the monstrance, and other items from the church.
"In the name of the Catholic Church, I raise my voice in protest and condemnation for the desecration of the church and the tabernacle," Bishop Fabio Duque Jaramillo of Garzón said in a statement Tuesday.
He called the desecration "an act which wounds all Catholics of the Diocese of Garzón and the universal Church, because we see the central mystery of our faith under attack: the Eucharist, the presence of God in our midst and the extension of the mystery of human redemption."