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Church vandalism - Latest News
Sep 26, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- A Catholic cathedral in California was defaced overnight, with swastikas, an upside-down cross, and other messages spray-painted on the church’s doors and entryways.
Sep 24, 2020 - 08:00 am .- This week a relic of St. Pope John Paul II was stolen from a cathedral in central Italy, while a church in Sicily was also robbed and the Eucharist desecrated.
Sep 8, 2020 - 06:30 am .- Attacks on churches in France are back to their “normal” level following a nationwide lockdown, according to an organization led by young Catholics. 
Aug 25, 2020 - 10:57 am .- A hermitage outside the small town of Planes, Spain was desecrated this month. Vandals robbed the building and damaged parts of the chapel.
Jul 28, 2020 - 09:30 am .- In 2019, two friends launched a movement to protect churches across France in response to a wave of desecrations. 
Jul 27, 2020 - 11:56 am .- A California parish has restored an outdoor statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, after it was kicked to the ground and broken in an act of vandalism.
Jul 22, 2020 - 03:55 am .- The fire that ripped through the Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes July 18 was reported around the world. But suspected arson attacks on French churches usually do not make international headlines.
Jan 6, 2020 - 06:50 pm .- A mob of masked protesters set fire Jan. 3 to a Catholic church dedicated to serving the national police in Santiago, Chile, while an anti-government demonstration was in progress in nearby Plaza Italia.
Dec 6, 2019 - 04:59 pm .- The FBI is investigating the fourth case of church vandalism in El Paso this year, with authorities saying they are uncertain whether the incidents are related.
Sep 18, 2019 - 10:00 pm .- The Diocese of Brooklyn is partnering with the New York Police Department to find a woman suspected of causing thousands of dollars in damage to a Catholic parish in Queens over the last two weeks.
Jul 11, 2019 - 07:01 pm .- Vandalism, theft, arson and other increasing attacks on churches in France have led to debates about their causes, amid shock to the community, questions bout the perpetrators, and debates over what the attacks might mean about French culture and the place of Christianity.
May 21, 2019 - 03:54 pm .- A Catholic church in Pennsylvania was vandalized with pro-choice graffiti over the weekend as the abortion debate escalates around the country, following the passage of a major abortion law in Alabama.
Apr 23, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- A Catholic church in Northern Ireland was desecrated with paint in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning, receiving disapproval from political officials.
Mar 1, 2019 - 12:15 am .- New York police officials have declared an act of vandalism against a statue at a local Catholic church last week to be a hate crime.
Feb 15, 2019 - 12:30 am .- At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of February, according to French news sources and watch groups.
Aug 24, 2017 - 11:04 am .- A religious congregation voiced sorrow and called for greater respect for faith after the iconic Church of National Gratitude in Santiago de Chile was hit with a firebomb attack by young people this week.
Aug 23, 2016 - 03:41 pm .- A fragment from what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, stolen from its home beneath a picture. It’s a story one would associate with medieval legends or a Dan Brown novel.
Jun 14, 2016 - 06:39 am .- In what is being lamented as a heinous act of desecration, an emblematic Catholic church in Santiago de Chile was brutally attacked after a recent student march, with masked individuals stealing and smashing a large crucifix from the building.
Feb 3, 2015 - 02:01 am .- Unidentified persons broke into St. Alphonsa parish in the Indian capital New Delhi during the early hours of Monday morning, scattering reserved Hosts and desecrating the sanctuary.
May 6, 2014 - 01:57 pm .- Chinese authorities’ bulldozing of a large Protestant church shows the need for greater respect for religious freedom in the country, a U.S. congressman has said.

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