Report warns of ‘increasing anti-Christian hostility’ in France by Staff writer for Christian Today
A religious rights organisation has called on France’s public officials to do more to stem attacks on churches and Christian monuments.
A new report by the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe documents a wave of assaults on Christian sites across France in the past few months.
The report reveals that in the first 11 days of February, there were 10 recorded attacks on churches in France.
They include arson and vandalism at a Catholic cathedral in Lavaur and acts of vandalism at three parish churches in the Vendee region where statues and windows were damaged.
Statues were also destroyed at St Nicolas de Houilles Church, in Yvelines, which has been attacked three times, while at the nearby church of St Nicolas de Maisons-Lafitte, a tabernacle was thrown onto the ground.
Earlier this month, the Bishop of Nimes, Robert Wattebled said church leaders were now faced with ‘practical questions’ on how to keep their churches open without ‘excessive risks of vandalism’ after excrement was used to desecrate a tabernacle at the city’s Notre-Dame-des-Enfants Church on Feburary 5, the Catholic News Service reports.