Church vandalism

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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

Pennsylvania Catholic church vandalized with pro-choice graffiti

May 21, 2019

A Catholic church in Pennsylvania was vandalized with pro-choice graffiti over the weekend as the abortion debate escalates around the... Read more

Catholic church vandalized in Northern Ireland

Apr 23, 2019

A Catholic church in Northern Ireland was desecrated with paint in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning, receiving disapproval... Read more

Vandalism at Brooklyn parish being investigated as hate crime

Mar 1, 2019

New York police officials have declared an act of vandalism against a statue at a local Catholic church last week... Read more

Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks

Feb 15, 2019

At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of... Read more

Church of National Gratitude in Chile. Courtesy of the Archbishop of Santiago via ACI Prensa.

Firebomb is latest in series of attacks against iconic Chilean church

Aug 24, 2017

A religious congregation voiced sorrow and called for greater respect for faith after the iconic Church of National Gratitude in... Read more

Relic of the True Cross. Courtesy of St. Dominic's Parish.

Fragment of Christ's Cross stolen from California church

Aug 23, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

A fragment from what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, stolen from its home beneath a picture.... Read more

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Crucifix smashed in attack on emblematic Chilean church

Jun 14, 2016

In what is being lamented as a heinous act of desecration, an emblematic Catholic church in Santiago de Chile was... Read more

Vandals desecrated the tabernacle of St. Alphonsa's church, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Feb. 2, 2015.

Faith under siege: fifth Catholic church vandalized in New Delhi over two months

Feb 3, 2015

Unidentified persons broke into St. Alphonsa parish in the Indian capital New Delhi during the early hours of Monday morning,... Read more

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Church bulldozing in China prompts religious freedom worries

May 6, 2014

Chinese authorities’ bulldozing of a large Protestant church shows the need for greater respect for religious freedom in the country,... Read more

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Small bomb explodes in emblematic Spanish basilica

Oct 3, 2013

A small bomb exploded on Oct. 2 in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain. Police... Read more

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Pastor laments vandalism at Buenos Aires parish

Oct 2, 2013

Father Francisco Baigorria, pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Buenos Aires, has expressed sadness and concern over the... Read more

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Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

Jan 4, 2013

Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated... Read more