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Scene in front of the Mark Hatfield Justice Center in Portland, Oregon on November 4, 2020.

Portland rioters damage Catholic church known for outreach to the poor 

Nov 5, 2020

A Catholic church in downtown Portland, Oregon - known for helping the area’s poor - suffered shattered windows during a... Read more

Father Kyle Faller leads prayers at the site of a destroyed statue of St. Junipero Serra on Oct. 13, 2020.

California Catholics pray, protest at destroyed St. Junipero Serra statue

Oct 14, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics in California rallied in a peaceful demonstration Tuesday evening at the former site of a statue of St. Junipero... Read more

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

US bishops call for more security funding after wave of church attacks

Oct 6, 2020

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami joined other religious leaders in a letter to congressional leaders on Monday, asking for quadrupled... Read more

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

Catholic cathedral vandalized in California with 'white power,' 'BLM,' and swastikas

Sep 26, 2020

A Catholic cathedral in California was defaced overnight, with swastikas, an upside-down cross, and other messages spray-painted on the church’s... Read more

Spoleto Cathedral in Umbria, central Italy.

St. John Paul II relic stolen amid church robberies in Italy

Sep 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

This week a relic of St. Pope John Paul II was stolen from a cathedral in central Italy, while a... Read more

Young French Catholics attend a vigil organized by Protège ton église. Courtesy photo.

Attacks on French churches back to ‘normal’ level after lockdown, say young Catholics

Sep 8, 2020

Attacks on churches in France are back to their “normal” level following a nationwide lockdown, according to an organization led... Read more

Hermitage of the Santísimo Cristo de Planes, Alicante (Spain).

Hermitage near small Spanish town desecrated, robbed

Aug 25, 2020

A hermitage outside the small town of Planes, Spain was desecrated this month. Vandals robbed the building and damaged parts... Read more

The website of Protège ton église.

‘We must pray for their conversion’: Young French Catholics respond to wave of desecrations

Jul 28, 2020

In 2019, two friends launched a movement to protect churches across France in response to a wave of desecrations.   Read more

The restored statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Upland, California. Courtesy photo.

California parish restores vandalized Our Lady of Guadalupe statue

Jul 27, 2020

A California parish has restored an outdoor statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, after it was kicked to the ground... Read more

The aftermath of a fire at the Parish of St. Paul in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, July 4, 2020.

‘Will they stop at burning an empty church?’: Anti-Christian attacks rise in Europe

Jul 22, 2020

The fire that ripped through the Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes July 18 was reported... Read more

Vandals damaged the Church of San Francisco de Borja in Santiago on Dec. 3.

Mob sets fire to Catholic church serving Chilean police  

Jan 6, 2020

A mob of masked protesters set fire Jan. 3 to a Catholic church dedicated to serving the national police in... Read more

FBI investigating fourth church attack this year in El Paso

Dec 6, 2019

The FBI is investigating the fourth case of church vandalism in El Paso this year, with authorities saying they are... Read more

Brooklyn diocese teaming with NYPD to search for church vandal 

Sep 18, 2019

The Diocese of Brooklyn is partnering with the New York Police Department to find a woman suspected of causing thousands... Read more

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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