Church vandalism

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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

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

VIDEO: Watch violent vandalism attack on Catholic church in Washington state

Jun 29, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Surveillance footage shows the attacker smashing windows, cursing parishioners, and spray-painting graffiti. Read more

LifeChoice Pregnancy Center in Winter Haven, Florida was defaced with pro-abortion graffiti June 25, 2022.

More Catholic churches, pregnancy centers, and a pro-life memorial vandalized

Jun 28, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

More vandalism of Catholic churches, pro-life pregnancy centers, and a pro-life memorial have been reported since Roe v. Wade was... Read more

St. Colman Chapel and cemetery.

'The Little Catholic Church on Irish Mountain' stood in West Virginia for 150 years before it burned

Jun 27, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Nestled in the thick woods atop Irish Mountain in West Virginia, a small, whitewashed wooden church stood resolute for nearly... Read more

Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center in Lynchburg, Virginia had its windows smashed and was defaced with graffiti the night of June 24-25.

Vandalism of Catholic churches, pregnancy centers continues after Dobbs decision

Jun 27, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

In the wake of Friday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey,... Read more

The charred remains of St. Colman Catholic Church in Shady Spring, West Virginia, which was destroyed in a suspected arson attack on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Historic Catholic church in West Virginia destroyed in suspected arson

Jun 27, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

"The Little Catholic Church on Irish Mountain" is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more

Surveillance footage shows suspects spray-painting pro-abortion slogans on the exterior of South Broward Pregnancy Help Center, a pro-life clinic in Hollywood, Florida, on May 28, 2022.

WATCH: Video shows 'Jane's revenge' vandalism suspects in the act

Jun 10, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The incident happened over Memorial Day weekend in Hollywood, Florida. Read more

The seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

DHS warns that ‘faith-based institutions’ could be targeted amid ‘heightened threat environment’

Jun 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

The DHS alert followed an unconfirmed report that it had notified Catholic bishops of ‘credible threats’ if Roe v. Wade... Read more


U.S. bishops urge prayer during Religious Freedom Week to combat abortion, church vandalism

Jun 8, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

This year, the bishops are focusing on promoting a culture of life, with the theme "Life and Dignity for All." Read more

The damaged altar of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York City, N.Y.

Analysis: Catholic church attacks multiply following Supreme Court leak

May 31, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The U.S. bishops first began noticing — and tracking — a growing number of attacks targeting Catholic churches in 2020.... Read more