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‘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


Crucifix smashed in attack on emblematic Chilean church

Jun 14, 2016

In what is being lamented as a heinous act of desecration, an emblematic Catholic church in Santiago de Chile was... Read more

Vandals desecrated the tabernacle of St. Alphonsa's church, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Feb. 2, 2015.

Faith under siege: fifth Catholic church vandalized in New Delhi over two months

Feb 3, 2015

Unidentified persons broke into St. Alphonsa parish in the Indian capital New Delhi during the early hours of Monday morning,... Read more

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Church bulldozing in China prompts religious freedom worries

May 6, 2014

Chinese authorities’ bulldozing of a large Protestant church shows the need for greater respect for religious freedom in the country,... Read more


Small bomb explodes in emblematic Spanish basilica

Oct 3, 2013

A small bomb exploded on Oct. 2 in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain. Police... Read more


Pastor laments vandalism at Buenos Aires parish

Oct 2, 2013

Father Francisco Baigorria, pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Buenos Aires, has expressed sadness and concern over the... Read more


Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

Jan 4, 2013

Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated... Read more