Church vandalism

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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

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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

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

Tabernacle stolen from Brooklyn parish church

May 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

A tabernacle has been stolen from St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Park Slope neighborhood of New York City’s Brooklyn... Read more

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