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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

Buenos Aires cathedral

Buenos Aires cathedral tagged with anti-Catholic graffiti

Aug 30, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Vandals attacked the Buenos Aires cathedral in Argentina last Friday, spray painting the walls with various slogans against the Church,... Read more

Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Vandals steal cross from altar of Catholic church in the Holy Land

Aug 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The cross had been embedded in an outdoor altar made of volcanic basalt rock that was used for Catholic Masses... Read more

Remains of the statues vandalized at Our Lady of Mercy parish in New York City, July17, 2021. Credit: Diocese of Brooklyn.

Knights of Columbus fundraise to replace vandalized statues at NYC parish

Jul 30, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A Knights of Columbus fundraiser for the replacement of vandalized statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Therese of... Read more

A statue of Christ at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Waltham, Mass., that was vandalized May 2-3, 2021.

Christ statue at Massachusetts church vandalized

May 7, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

During the night of May 2-3 a statue of Christ at a Massachusetts parish was decapitated. Read more

Statue outside Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland, California

Two parishes in the Sacramento diocese vandalized 

Apr 27, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Two parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento suffered similar acts of vandalism in the past two weeks.  Read more

Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo diocese investigating vandalism outside cathedral

Apr 21, 2021

The Diocese of Fargo and the Fargo Police Department are investigating an incident of vandalism outside the cathedral last weekend. Read more

The entrance of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Church in Paris, France.

St. John Paul II bust vandalized outside Polish Catholic church in Paris

Apr 20, 2021

An unidentified perpetrator poured red paint over the sculpture of the pope who was canonized in 2014. Read more

Our Lady of Guadalupe.

After vandalism, Houston parish welcomes back refurbished Our Lady of Guadalupe statue

Apr 15, 2021

A Catholic parish in Houston held an inauguration ceremony this week for a refurbished statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe... Read more

Restored statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Vandalized statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus returns to Texas cathedral

Feb 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

A west Texas parish has restored a century-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus after it was vandalized and... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York attends the No Hate. No Fear. Solidarity March at Columbus Park, Jan. 5, 2020.

Cardinal Dolan condemns 'ugly and unlawful' defacement of St Patrick’s cathedral

Jan 6, 2021

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has denounced the defacement of St. Patrick’s Cathedral after protesters spray painted graffiti on its exterior.  Read more

Damage inside the Church of All Nations in Jerusalem from a Dec. 4, 2020 arson attack. Photo courtesy of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Gethsemane church targeted in arson attack

Dec 4, 2020

The Catholic leaders of the Holy Land are demanding an investigation into an attempted arson attack at a basilica located... Read more

The beheaded statue at the Jesuit church in Straubing, Germany. Photo

Artist offers to restore beheaded statue of Virgin Mary in Germany

Nov 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

An art restorer in Germany has offered to restore a decapitated statue of the Virgin Mary free of charge.  Read more

The decapitated statue of the Virgin Mary in the municipality of Marghera, Italy.

Patriarch of Venice calls for prayers of reparation after Virgin Mary statue decapitated

Nov 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A statue of the Virgin Mary in a public square in a suburb of Venice, Italy, was vandalized Thursday night.  Read more

Christ the King Church, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Swedish parish holds day of penance and fasting after church vandalism

Nov 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Christ the King parish in Gothenburg, Sweden, is holding a day of penance and fasting Friday in reparation for the... Read more

The vandalized altar of Christ the King parish in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Pastor of Swedish Catholic church: vandal wanted to 'create an eternal Good Friday'

Nov 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The altar of Christ the King parish in Gothenburg, Sweden was vandalized on Friday, Nov. 13, in an act that... Read more

A statue of St. Junipero Serra, which was defaced and torn down by protesters Oct. 12, at Mission San Rafael Arcangel in San Rafael, California. Courtesy photo.

Archbishop Cordileone applauds prosecution of St. Junipero Serra statue vandalism

Nov 13, 2020

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco applauded the Marin County District Attorney for filing charges over the vandalism of 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

A statue of St. Junipero Serra, which was defaced and torn down by protesters Oct. 12, at Mission San Rafael Arcangel in San Rafael, California. Courtesy photo.

St. Junipero Serra statue defaced, pulled down on California's Indigenous People’s Day

Oct 13, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

A group of activists near San Francisco on Monday defaced a statue of St. Junipero Serra on private property with... Read more

Vandalism at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. Courtesy photo.

Vandal takes baseball bat to Catholic seminary in Texas, but none harmed

Sep 25, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

A man who wielded a baseball bat on the grounds of a Catholic seminary in Texas damaged a crucifix and... Read more