Church vandalism

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The tabernacle belonging to St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in Katy, Texas, was stolen May 8, 2022.

Arrest made in Texas church theft, though tabernacle remains missing

May 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

A suspect has been charged with burglary in connection with the theft of a tabernacle from a parish church in... Read more

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

Catholics under attack: Incidents since SCOTUS draft abortion decision, by state

May 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

Here is a list of acts of vandalism and other provocations against Catholic churches and pro-life groups since the May... Read more

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US bishops urge fasting and prayer in response to pro-abortion threats

May 10, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In response to threats of violence from pro-abortion activists, the U.S. bishops’ conference is inviting Catholics around the country to... Read more

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New violence: Oregon Right to Life office set on fire

May 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The offices of a pro-life group in Salem, Oregon, were set on fire Sunday night, the latest in a wave... Read more

The tabernacle belonging to St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in Katy, Texas, was reported stolen on May 9, 2022.

Update on unrest: Tabernacle stolen, Catholic church defaced, pregnancy clinic vandalized

May 9, 2022

By Joe Bukuras, Shannon Mullen

More criminal acts targeting Catholic churches and pro-life advocates were reported Monday, after a Mother’s Day weekend marked by unrest... Read more

Pro-abortion graffiti on the doors of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder, Colorado, on May 4, 2022.

Should Catholics worry about abortion protests disrupting Mother’s Day Mass?

May 6, 2022

By Katie Yoder, Joe Bukuras

A pro-abortion group's call for protesters to disrupt Masses this Sunday — Mother's Day — had put some dioceses and... Read more

Pro-abortion graffiti on the doors of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder, Colorado, on May 4, 2022.

Colorado parish defaced with pro-abortion graffiti for second time in seven months

May 4, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic parish church in Boulder, Colorado was defaced with pro-abortion slogans the evening of May 3, marking the second... Read more

A classroom of St. Anthony of Padua School in Parma, Ohio, reopened in temporary facilities after a February arson.

Parma's St. Anthony of Padua School settles into temporary quarters in fire's aftermath

Last week, dozens of volunteers were scurrying through St. Bridget of Kildare School in Parma unloading and organizing thousands of... Read more

From left to right: Promise Yardley, 18, Freeman Yardley, 24, and Blessing Yardley, 22, were all arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office March 5 as suspects in a vandalism incident at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

Arrests made, statues restored at vandalized Catholic Church

Mar 10, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Three people were arrested for vandalizing statues of the Holy Family outside a Catholic church in Jacksonville, Florida, Feb. 23. Read more

Photo taken from surveillance footage shows suspect (center) with two other individuals just prior to a vandalism incident at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida, on Feb. 23, 2022.

Satanic, vulgar markings deface Holy Family statutes, suspects shown on video

Mar 3, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The vandalism at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida, is just one of many such incidents that have occurred... Read more

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Dozens of headstones overturned at Ukrainian Catholic cemetery near Baltimore

Mar 1, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The day before Russia invaded Ukraine last week, about 49 headstones at a Ukrainian Catholic cemetery in the outskirts of... Read more

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Vandalism, arson hits Catholic churches, cemeteries, and schools across US

Feb 25, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Recent weeks witnessed acts of vandalism at Catholic churches and cemeteries across the U.S. While some of the alleged perpetrators... Read more

San Antonio, Texas.

Holy Family statue stolen from Texas parish

Feb 22, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A statue depicting the Holy Family was stolen from outside a parish in San Antonio, Texas last week, and parishioners... Read more

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More than 800 anti-Christian incidents reported in France in 2021

Feb 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

Investigators identified a total of 1,659 anti-religious acts last year. Read more

Removal of the remains of statues destroyed at the grotto of Nativity parish in Burke, Va., Jan. 25, 2022.

Justice Department must take church vandalism seriously, Catholic group says

Feb 8, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A Catholic organization says the Department of Justice is not doing enough to combat the recent incidents of vandalism at... Read more

Removal of the remains of statues destroyed at the grotto of Nativity parish in Burke, Va., Jan. 25, 2022.

Grotto vandalized at parish in Northern Virginia

Jan 27, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Police are investigating after a grotto at a Catholic parish in Burke, Virginia was vandalized Tuesday evening. Read more

Damage at St. Alphonsus parish church in Fresno, Calif., where the building was accessed late on Jan. 14, 2022.

Fresno parish church vandalized

Jan 25, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

St. Alphonsus parish in Fresno was broken into overnight earlier this month. Both the tabernacle and a Marian shrine were... Read more

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

Cardinal Dolan laments attacks on houses of worship in Religious Freedom Day message

Jan 15, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Attacking houses of worship and religious art is akin to attacking the community who prays there, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan... Read more

Surveillance footage shows a man hammering at the Our Lady of Fatima statue located outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5, 2021.

Here's the latest update on the attack on the Our Lady of Fatima statue in D.C.

Jan 14, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Police say they have identified a person of interest after releasing security camera footage of a man damaging an Our... Read more

Vandalism on a door of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colo., Oct. 10, 2021.

Alleged vandal faces hate crime charge after major damage to Denver's Catholic cathedral

Jan 13, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A 26-year-old woman has turned herself in on two charges related to some $10,000 in vandalism damage to Denver’s Cathedral... Read more