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Attacks targeting places of worship on the rise in the US

Vandalism targeting places of worship is increasing in the US. In California, vandals devastated the Chaldean Cathedral of St. Peter - they profaned crosses and drew swastikas and political slogans on the walls.


“This reminds us of the persecution our brothers in Iraq are experiencing,” wrote members of the Chaldean community on social media. At the same time, they assured of their prayers for the conversion of the perpetrators. 

The Chaldean community in the United States has grown significantly in recent years due to the influx of immigrants from the Middle East.

However, vandals don’t only destroy Chaldean temples. The attack on St. Peter’s Square is the latest in a series of acts of vandalism affecting American churches. Recently, in a church in Florida, vandals set fire to pews, and in Texas, a man with a baseball bat damaged a crucifix and the door of a religious seminary.

Last week, a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was destroyed in a cathedral in Texas. The bishops of the United States have expressed their concern about the repeated incidents. “Our society needs healing,” wrote Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski on social media.


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