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Signs are shown on display outside the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on Feb. 22, 2017, in University City, Missouri, after an incident of vandalism.

FBI director: Religious hate crimes against Jewish population ‘wildly disproportionate’ 

Nov 2, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The FBI director said the attacks were coming “from racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists,” including “ISIS-inspired violent extremists.” Read more


Black Louisiana priest hospitalized after machete attack, race cited as possible motive

Jul 14, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Stephen Ugwu is being treated for lacerations to his head and body. Read more

Photos of the man who allegedly set a fire at St. Mary's Cathedral and charged at two staff members on May 19, 2023.

Canadian police ask for public’s help in identifying man who set fire at cathedral 

May 26, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Police in Canada are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly set a fire and assaulted... Read more

Vandalism at St. John XXIII parish in Fort Collins, Colo., May 7, 2022.

FBI investigating crimes against churches, pro-life groups, director affirms

Nov 18, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

FBI Director Christopher Wray has reaffirmed the bureau’s commitment to investigating crimes against pro-life groups and churches. Read more

In March 2022, these Stations of the Cross in the diocese of Augsburg, southern Germany, were vandalized.

Hate crimes against Christians on the rise in Europe, report says

Nov 15, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Observatory for the Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe documented more than 500 anti-Christian hate crimes in 2021. Read more

The Valley of the Fallen.

Vox party files complaint against journalist for inciting destruction of abbey in Spain

Jul 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

The journalist was cited for a hate crime for encouraging on air that the basilica and abbey at of the... Read more

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

Nearly 1,000 hate crimes against Europe’s Christians recorded in 2020

Nov 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Poland had the most hate crimes reported against Christians, with 241 incidents in 2020. Read more

The flags of Italy and Vatican City.

Italy’s ‘anti-homophobia’ law: Vatican request sparks Church-state debate

Jun 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

From the prime minister to a famous rapper, Italians are weighing in on the Vatican’s diplomatic intervention. Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

Vatican intervenes in proposed ‘anti-homophobia’ law in Italy

Jun 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican believes that the law would violate the freedom of the Catholic Church in Italy. Read more

The flag of Scotland. Credit: Lynx Aqua/Shutterstock.

Catholics press for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill

Feb 22, 2021

Catholics are pressing for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill amid a last-minute consultation.  Read more

Man who killed Catholic roommate for praying at hospital to be arraigned on murder, hate crime

Dec 29, 2020

Jesse Martinez, a COVID-19 patient who beat a fellow patient to death with an oxygen tank at Antelope Valley Hospital... Read more

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017.

Vatican archbishop expresses ‘grave concern’ at rise in attacks on believers at prayer

Dec 4, 2020

A Vatican archbishop expressed “grave concern” Thursday at the rise in attacks on believers praying in places of worship.  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

Nov 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

The flag of Scotland.

Catholic bishops fear Scotland's hate crime law could criminalize Bible and Catechism

Jul 29, 2020

Catholic bishops have said that proposed hate crime legislation in Scotland could criminalize the Bible and the Catechism of the... Read more

Italy's Catholic bishops say proposed 'homophobia law' creates ‘crime of opinion’

Jun 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Italian bishops have raised concerns over proposed legislation against "homophobia" in Italy, claiming changes to the law are unnecessary and have... Read more

The flag of Scotland.

Scottish bishops warn against characterizing religious beliefs as 'hate speech'

Mar 26, 2019

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Scotland is warning against the government’s restriction of free speech, amid fears that the Church’s... Read more

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela.

Venezuelan bishops accused of “hate crimes”

Jan 18, 2018

The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, called for an investigation of two bishops accused of committing “hate crimes” in homilies... Read more

Muslims pray outside the White House for the Chapel Hill shooting victims, Feb. 13, 2015.

Muslims respond to Chapel Hill shootings with prayer, calls for peace

Feb 13, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Muslims gathered in front of the White House to pray for the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting on Friday,... Read more