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Downingtown Police are searching for a suspect who vandalized four statues at St. Joseph Parish over the weekend of Dec. 10 and Dec. 11.

Suspect caught on camera vandalizing Pennsylvania Catholic church

Dec 14, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Four statues at St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, were vandalized overnight between Dec. 10 and Dec. 11. Read more

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Divine Mercy shrine at Catholic parish in Wisconsin defaced with graffiti

Nov 22, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A photo shared on social media by Father Donald Calloway shows green spray-painted graffiti on one of the exterior granite... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

Arrest made in vandalism of Cardinal Dolan’s residence at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC

Nov 10, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Juan Velez was arrested by the New York Police Department’s Warrant Squad, police said Wednesday. Read more

Michael Stucchi poses in front of the restored statue of Jesus with children at St. Mel's Church in Woodland Hills, California.

Parishioner’s labor of love restores vandalized statue at California church

Nov 5, 2022

By Tom Hoffarth

After a vandal destroyed several statues at St. Mel's Church in Woodland Hills, California, parishioner Michael Stucchi volunteered to restore... Read more

One or more vandals desecrated a Catholic cemetery in Rochester, Minnesota, on Oct. 31, 2022, Halloween night.

Bishop Barron, expressing ‘outrage,’ vows to reconsecrate vandalized cemetery

Nov 3, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

One or more vandals left behind vulgar messages and the words “In Satan we trust” at the diocesan Calvary Cemetery... Read more

The Church of the Resurrection in Lansing, Michigan, was vandalized with pro-abortion and anti-Catholic graffiti on Oct. 8, 2022.

VIDEO: Pro-abortion vandals caught in the act of spray-painting Michigan church 

Oct 12, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The three individuals can be seen approaching the Church of the Resurrection in Lansing on foot and spray-painting graffiti on... Read more

Some of the statues that were destroyed in São Mateus church in the town of São Mateus do Sul located in Paraná state in southern Brazil, Oct. 10, 2022.

Catholic church in Brazil desecrated and 28 statues of saints destroyed

Oct 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

The attack took place Oct. 10 around noon in São Mateus church in the town of São Mateus do Sul... Read more

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CatholicVote to hold St. Michael novena in defense of churches, pregnancy centers

Sep 10, 2022

By Katie Yoder

CatholicVote is inviting Christians nationwide to pray a novena asking for St. Michael’s intercession amid the growing number of attacks... Read more

Windows were smashed at St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue, Washington, on June 28, 2022.

Report assesses threats to religious pro-life Americans following overturn of Roe v. Wade

Sep 9, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Religious Freedom Institute concluded that conditions remain in place for more attacks against pro-life entities and people to occur... Read more

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Rash of attacks on Catholic churches prompts $1 million ad campaign from CatholicVote

Aug 19, 2022

By Kelsey Wicks

The CatholicVote ad campaign will feature television ads in markets in Washington, D.C.; Arizona; and Wisconsin, as well as online. Read more

Father Fred Close, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., blesses St. Anthony students after a blessing of the statue.

Man arrested for burglary, property destruction at Catholic school in DC

Aug 18, 2022

By Edie Heipel

Police have arrested and charged the man believed to have vandalized St. Anthony School in Washington, D.C., last week, Read more

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Adams County, Colorado, sustained thousands of dollars in estimated damage from a pair of drive-by shootings Aug. 6 and Aug. 8, 2022.

Drive-by gunshots target Denver-area Catholic church

Aug 8, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

No one was hurt, but the church suffered tens of thousands of dollars in estimated damage. Read more

Fire destroys St. Jean Baptiste parish in Morinville, June 30, 2021.

Don’t ignore Canada’s spike in anti-Catholic hate crimes, watchdog says

Aug 5, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholics in Canada suffered the largest spike in religion-based hate crimes last year, and government officials must take action in... Read more

Vandalism at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Philadelphia, June 25, 2022.

Any arrests so far in attacks on Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers? Here's what we know

Jul 20, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

In a recent case, a juvenile was charged in connection with an attack on a parish in Bethesda, Maryland. Read more

Spray-painted graffiti outside Life Choices, a pro-life pregnancy center in Longmont, Colorado.

Poll: Catholic voters 'very worried' about attacks on churches and pro-life pregnancy centers

Jul 14, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic voters are worried about vandalism and attacks targeting churches and pro-life pregnancy centers, regardless of how often they attend... Read more

Father Samuel Giese, pastor of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Parish in Bethesda, Maryland, speaks on "EWTN Nightly News" on July 11, 2022, about the arson and vandalism that damaged his church.

Pastor says flames did not engulf tabernacle in arson attack on Catholic church in Maryland

Jul 12, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Parish in Bethesda, Maryland, was attacked on July 10. Read more

Flames visible inside St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Parish in Bethesda, Maryland, on July 10, 2022.

Pastor of Catholic church in Bethesda, Maryland, describes arson, desecration of tabernacle

Jul 10, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish was one of three Bethesda churches hit by vandalism over the weekend. Read more

A perpetrator caught on camera vandalized St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and School in Bloomer, Wisconsin,  the night of July 2-3.

Four Catholic churches in Wisconsin vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti 

Jul 6, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Four Catholic churches in Wisconsin's Chippewa county were vandalized in the past week. Read more

Fire rips through a building containing the cafeteria and gymnasium of St. Anthony of Padua School in Lorain, Ohio, on June 30, 2022. An arson investigation is underway.

Suspected arson causes $1M in damage to Catholic school in Ohio

Jul 1, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The fire started outside the building and caused heavy smoke and structural damage. Read more

Grafitti on a sign for All Saints Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon, June 25, 2022.

Attacks on churches, pro-life pregnancy centers continue 

Jun 30, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Since the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision on Friday, attacks on Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers have... Read more