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The series of anti-Catholic acts continues in Western Europe

Vandalism targeting Catholic symbols have been many during the last month throughout Western Europe. Two factors are making it difficult to tackle this issue: the radicalisation of the far-left anarchist movement as well as the lack of a firm response from the authorities to such acts of desecration.


In Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile de France (near Paris), unknown perpetrators cut off the head of a statue of the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus. The local police later recovered parts of the damaged figure.

Interestingly, the most important evidence, which was supposed to be the recording from the nearby camera, is unavailable because… it was turned off at the time of the attack.

Unknown perpetrators decapitated a statue of Christ on a large wayside cross standing in the German town of Durlangen. The police are uncertain when the incident occurred and have not identified the perpetrators. Damage is estimated to be around 2,000 euros.

This was not the first time that a wayside cross has been vandalised in the region of Ostalbkreis. A few years ago, near Böbingen the 35-centimetre-high figure of a Madonna was also torn down from a wayside cross.


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