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A nativity scene was desecrated in England

The nativity scene of a 13th-century church in Ipswich, Suffolk, was vandalised four days after being erected. The figure of Joseph was decapitated, mannequins were dismembered, and decorations were strewn to the ground.


This was not the first attack on the church. In December 2018, CCTV footage captured a man grinning at a headless Joseph. However, the current damage is far more extensive.

While the incident occurred on church grounds and not inside the church itself, the destruction fits a large pattern of attacks on houses of worship witnessed across Europe.

In France, the problem has become so large that French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin pledged extra money to Roman Catholic churches in February 2022 after an outbreak of desecration, theft, and vandalism.


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