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St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in Morinville, Alberta, before it burned down on June 30, 2021.

Canadian Indigenous leaders call for end of targeting of churches

Jul 7, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Canadian Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors have called for suspected arson attacks on churches to stop.  Read more

Assumption parish in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 19, 2020.

Latin American bishops express solidarity with Chile after church burnings

Oct 22, 2020

Following recent attacks on three churches in Chile, the bishops of Paraguay, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, and Argentina expressed their closeness... Read more

Church fires in Santiago, Chile Oct. 18.

In Chile, archbishop condemns arson attacks that destroyed Catholic churches

Oct 19, 2020

The Archbishop of Santiago de Chile condemned arson attacks that destroyed two Chilean churches Sunday, and called on Catholics to... Read more

Arson at Incarnation Catholic Parish.

Florida man charged with arson at Florida Catholic church

Oct 1, 2020

When sheriff’s deputies set out to arrest the Florida man who is believed to have set fire to a Catholic... Read more

The Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Newark, Delaware, after an Aug. 25 arson attack.

Catholic students offer support after arson at University of Delaware Jewish center

Sep 3, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Newark, Delaware was damaged by arson in the late evening hours of Aug.... Read more

A priest and a nun pray next to the image of "Christ's Blood" after a fire burnt it at the Cathedral in Managua on July 31, 2020.

Nicaragua Catholic cathedral attacked with firebomb

Jul 31, 2020

By CNA Staff

An unidentified man threw a firebomb into a chapel of Managua’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, severely damaging... Read more

Queen of Peace Catholic Church after a fire July 11.

Florida Catholic church rebuilding after arson attack

Jul 27, 2020

The Catholic community at Queen of Peace Parish in Ocala, Florida is rebuilding after the church was set on fire... Read more

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes in western France.

Nantes cathedral fire: Altar server charged with arson

Jul 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A church volunteer has admitted to starting the fire at Nantes Cathedral and was charged with arson on Saturday.  Read more

A man sets fire to a crucifix outside a church in St. Lucia.

Arson at Caribbean church sparks tension between Catholic and Rastafarian leaders

Jul 24, 2020

A man on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia attempted on Sunday to set fire to a crucifix outside a... Read more

Queen of Peace Catholic Church after a fire July 11.

Arrest made in Florida Catholic church burning

Jul 11, 2020

A Florida man has been arrested after he reportedly admitted to crashing a minivan into a Catholic Church and then... Read more

Queen of Peace Catholic Church after a fire July 11.

Florida man lights Catholic Church on fire with parishioners inside

Jul 11, 2020

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported July 11 that deputies were called at about 7:30 am to Queen of Peace... Read more

First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs.

Church fighting Mississippi coronavirus restriction was burned down

May 22, 2020

Authorities are investigating the burning of a Mississippi church as a potential arson. The fire comes less than a month... Read more

The site of Most Blessed Sacrament parish in Franklin Lakes, NJ, after an arson burned the church Dec 11, 2019.

Suspect arrested after arson destroys NJ church

Dec 11, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

A suspect is in custody after an early-morning arson destroyed a Catholic parish in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.  Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in El Paso.

FBI: Three El Paso Catholic Churches were targeted by arson

Sep 23, 2019

Three Catholic Churches in El Paso were this year the targets of arson, FBI officials announced on Sept. 19.  Read more

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Rise in crimes against churches in France shock faithful, prompt reflection

Jul 11, 2019

Vandalism, theft, arson and other increasing attacks on churches in France have led to debates about their causes, amid shock... Read more

Priest in Northern Ireland prays for church arsonists

May 28, 2019

The pastor of Holy Family parish in Derry had led prayers for the young people who committed an arson attack... Read more

Virgen de la Candelaria Chapel burns on Jan. 20, 2018.

'Rambo' the hero: Dog saves nuns from fire

Jan 23, 2018

A dog named Rambo lived up to his “action hero” name, when his barking alerted sleeping religious sisters that a... Read more

Outside of the pregnancy center.

Suspected arson destroys chapel, pro-life center

Nov 23, 2016

A fire – allegedly set by arsonists – has closed a pro-life pregnancy center and chapel in New Mexico, shutting... Read more