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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

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.

Video shows attack on Blessed Mother statue outside National Basilica

Dec 9, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Police have released surveillance camera footage of a man defacing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima outside the Basilica... Read more

Security personnel reported damage to the Our Lady of Fatima statue located outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2021.

Man attacks DC basilica's Our Lady of Fatima statue by cutting off hands, hammering face

Dec 8, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Security-camera footage shows a man attacking a statue of Our Lady of Fatima by cutting off her hands and hammering... Read more

Blessed Sacrament Basilica in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Relic of Saint John Paul II stolen from historic basilica

Nov 22, 2021

By ACI Prensa

The rector of the Polish Catholic Mission in Argentina, Father Jorge Jacek Twarog, reported Sunday that the relic of Saint... Read more

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

Denver archbishop, writing in Washington Post, decries vandalism of Catholic property

Nov 19, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Incidents include graffiti sprayed on church walls, Catholic statues beheaded or smashed, gravestones desecrated with swastikas, and arson. Read more

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

Nearly 1,000 hate crimes against Europe’s Christians recorded in 2020

Nov 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Poland had the most hate crimes reported against Christians, with 241 incidents in 2020. Read more

Madeline Ann Cramer (r) Cramer interrupting Mass at St. Frances Cabrini in Littleton, Colo., Oct. 10, 2021.

Police identify suspect in Denver cathedral vandalism

Nov 3, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

Metro Denver Police announced Nov. 2 that the individual who vandalized the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Oct.10 is... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila says Mass for the Transitional Deacon Ordination in 2020.

Denver archbishop denounces ‘anti-Semitic and hateful vandalism’ at two schools

Oct 21, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver denounced recent incidents of “anti-Semitic and hateful vandalism” that occurred at two area schools last... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles visits the scene of the fire at Mission San Gabriel church, July 11, 2020.

Catholic sites suffered more than 100 acts of vandalism, arson since May 2020, USCCB says

Oct 14, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. bishops’ conference on Thursday reported that churches and Catholic sites have been targeted in more than 100 acts... Read more

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

Denver cathedral vandalized with anti-Catholic slogans 

Oct 11, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver was spray-painted with anti-Catholic slogans on Sunday, the latest in... Read more

Vandalism at Sacred Heart of Mary parish in Boulder, Colo., Sept. 29, 2021.

Colorado parish church vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti

Sep 29, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic parish in Boulder, Colorado, with a memorial to aborted babies on its front lawn was desecrated with pro-abortion... Read more

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

Sep 13, 2021

By Kate Olivera

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