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5 churches desecrated in French diocese

February 10, 2015

Five churches were desecrated in the eastern French Diocese of Bellay-Ars on February 6 and 7.

In four of the churches, sacred vessels were stolen but the consecrated hosts were left in place. At the parish in Montluel, a town of 7,000, both the ciborium and hosts were stolen.

Five other churches in the diocese were desecrated or vandalized between October and January.

“The Church invites every Christian to pray for forgiveness and repentance of those who committed these acts,” the diocese said in a statement that called the theft of the hosts a “desecration of extreme gravity.”


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  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2015 5:10 PM ET USA

    Where are the thousands demonstrating in support of the freedom of speech which inherently contains the freedom of religion? Why do they feel so strongly about defending the freedom of speech against those who would use violence in the attempt to prevent their freedom of expression and yet remain silent when houses of Christian and Jewish worship are attacked and desecrated? Where is the moral outrage then? Yes, we must pray for those who defile the sacred, but we can no longer be silent.