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

Bishops report 95 attacks on Catholic churches in US since May 2020

There have been at least 95 reported incidents of vandalism of Catholic churches across the United States since May 2020,... Read more

Remains of the statues vandalized at Our Lady of Mercy parish in New York City, July17, 2021. Credit: Diocese of Brooklyn.

Knights of Columbus fundraise to replace vandalized statues at NYC parish

A Knights of Columbus fundraiser for the replacement of vandalized statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Therese of... Read more

The remains of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, Surrey, BC

Coptic Orthodox church in British Columbia destroyed in ‘suspicious’ fire

A Coptic Orthodox church in British Columbia was destroyed in a fire on Monday, July 19, just days after an... Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Berlin, February 2017.

Petition urges Canadian PM not to slander Catholic Church over residential schools

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition requesting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cease blaming the Catholic Church... Read more

Sacred Heart of Jesus statue outside the Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville, North Carolina

Statue outside NC parish restored after vandalism

A statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in front of an Asheville, North Carolina Catholic church was vandalized and... Read more

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

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

Fire destroys St. Jean Baptiste parish, Morinville, Alberta

Canadian police investigate two more ‘suspicious’ fires at Catholic churches

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating two more fires at Catholic churches in Canada as “suspicious,” after four churches... Read more

Graffiti on wall of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Denver, Colorado

Historic Denver church vandalized, motive unclear

A historic Catholic church in downtown Denver was tagged with graffiti on Monday evening, in a possible reference to the... Read more

One of the five Canadian Catholic churches that burned in a week: Sacred Heart Mission Church, Pentincton, British Columbia

Indigenous leaders condemn recent vandalism of churches in Canada

Indigenous and Catholic leaders have condemned a recent spate of church vandalism in Canada, along with five Catholic churches having... Read more

Monstrance stolen from New York Catholic Church

A monstrance was stolen out from Catholic Church in the Bronx last Friday before the parish’s morning Eucharistic adoration.  Read more

Vandalized statue of Mary, St. Adalbert parish, Queens, New York

Parish fundraises to repair vandalized Marian statue

A parish in Queens, New York is raising funds to repair its statue of Mary, which was found knocked over... Read more

A statue of the infant Jesus was found decapitated outside the diocesan administrative offices in Brooklyn

Brooklyn diocese requests greater police presence outside churches, after acts of vandalism

The Diocese of Brooklyn is requesting increased police presence after two incidents of vandalism in three days at church properties.  Read more

The toppled crucifix display at St. Athanasius

Crucifixion display vandalized at New York church

A crucifixion display at a church in the Brooklyn diocese was vandalized last week in what is being investigated as... Read more

Rhode Island statue of Jesus vandalized

A statue of Jesus was vandalized this past weekend at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Read more

A statue of Christ at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Waltham, Mass., that was vandalized May 2-3, 2021.

Christ statue at Massachusetts church vandalized

During the night of May 2-3 a statue of Christ at a Massachusetts parish was decapitated. Read more

Fr. Vito Di Marzio, pastor of St. Elisabeth of Hungary parish, prays in front of the defaced mural

Man takes sledgehammer to Marian mural in Los Angeles archdiocese

A masked man bashed a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a sledgehammer last week, at a parish in... Read more

Statue outside Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland, California

Two parishes in the Sacramento diocese vandalized 

Two parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento suffered similar acts of vandalism in the past two weeks.  Read more

Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo diocese investigating vandalism outside cathedral

The Diocese of Fargo and the Fargo Police Department are investigating an incident of vandalism outside the cathedral last weekend. Read more

Credit: Patrick Abbott

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