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Knights of Columbus remove satanic graffiti from outside D.C. church

A D.C. Knights of Columbus chapter removed satanic graffiti from outside a parish on Capitol Hill this past Saturday.   Read more

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Philadelphia archdiocese warning parishes about series of thefts

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is warning its parishes to remain alert after a man was arrested for stealing from a... Read more

Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio. Credit: Susan Montgomery/Shutterstock.

Cathedral in Ohio vandalized with message 'Jesus is Black'

Police in Toledo, Ohio are investigating a suspected arson attack on Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral... Read more

New statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Church of Our Lady of Solace. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Coney Island parish replaces vandalized Mary statue

The Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, last weekend unveiled a new statue of the Blessed Mother, after a previous statue... Read more

Christ the King Church, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Swedish parish holds day of penance and fasting after church vandalism

Christ the King parish in Gothenburg, Sweden, is holding a day of penance and fasting Friday in reparation for the... Read more

Sacred Heart parish in Brewster, Wash., which suffered some fire damage in an apparent arson attack, Nov. 15, 2020. Photo courtesy Brewster Parroquia Sagrado Corazon.

Two churches in Washington state burn in apparent arson attacks

Two church buildings— one Baptist, one Catholic— were damaged by fires in apparent arson attacks Sunday morning in Brewster, a... Read more

The aftermath of a fire at the Parish of St. Paul in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, July 4, 2020.

More than 500 hate crimes against Europe’s Christians recorded in 2019

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has published data documenting more than 500 hate crimes against Christians in... Read more

The vandalized altar of Christ the King parish in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Pastor of Swedish Catholic church: vandal wanted to 'create an eternal Good Friday'

The altar of Christ the King parish in Gothenburg, Sweden was vandalized on Friday, Nov. 13, in an act that... Read more

St. Mary of Perpetual Help-All Saints-St. Anthony Parish.

Chicago parish, Mary statue tagged with graffiti

A historic Chicago parish was tagged with graffiti over the weekend, and a statue of the Virgin Mary on the... Read more

Scene in front of the Mark Hatfield Justice Center in Portland, Oregon on November 4, 2020.

Portland rioters damage Catholic church known for outreach to the poor 

A Catholic church in downtown Portland, Oregon - known for helping the area’s poor - suffered shattered windows during a... Read more

Father Kyle Faller leads prayers at the site of a destroyed statue of St. Junipero Serra on Oct. 13, 2020.

California Catholics pray, protest at destroyed St. Junipero Serra statue

Catholics in California rallied in a peaceful demonstration Tuesday evening at the former site of a statue of St. Junipero... Read more

The door of St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon, Ca.

US bishops call for more security funding after wave of church attacks

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami joined other religious leaders in a letter to congressional leaders on Monday, asking for quadrupled... Read more

The door of St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon, Ca.

Catholic cathedral vandalized in California with 'white power,' 'BLM,' and swastikas

A Catholic cathedral in California was defaced overnight, with swastikas, an upside-down cross, and other messages spray-painted on the church’s... Read more

Spoleto Cathedral in Umbria, central Italy.

St. John Paul II relic stolen amid church robberies in Italy

This week a relic of St. Pope John Paul II was stolen from a cathedral in central Italy, while a... Read more

Young French Catholics attend a vigil organized by Protège ton église. Courtesy photo.

Attacks on French churches back to ‘normal’ level after lockdown, say young Catholics

Attacks on churches in France are back to their “normal” level following a nationwide lockdown, according to an organization led... Read more

Hermitage of the Santísimo Cristo de Planes, Alicante (Spain).

Hermitage near small Spanish town desecrated, robbed

A hermitage outside the small town of Planes, Spain was desecrated this month. Vandals robbed the building and damaged parts... Read more

The website of Protège ton église.

‘We must pray for their conversion’: Young French Catholics respond to wave of desecrations

In 2019, two friends launched a movement to protect churches across France in response to a wave of desecrations.   Read more

The restored statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Upland, California. Courtesy photo.

California parish restores vandalized Our Lady of Guadalupe statue

A California parish has restored an outdoor statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, after it was kicked to the ground... Read more

The aftermath of a fire at the Parish of St. Paul in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, July 4, 2020.

‘Will they stop at burning an empty church?’: Anti-Christian attacks rise in Europe

The fire that ripped through the Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes July 18 was reported... Read more

Vandals damaged the Church of San Francisco de Borja in Santiago on Dec. 3.

Mob sets fire to Catholic church serving Chilean police  

A mob of masked protesters set fire Jan. 3 to a Catholic church dedicated to serving the national police in... Read more