Cases of Intolerance or Discrimination of Christians in Europe

Found 1956 case(s):

Multiple Attacks against Christian Statues in the Münsterland Region

Six statues were vandalized from March 22 - 29, 2017, bringing the total number of incidents to 62 since the end of October 2016. Read more ...

Statue of the Virgin of Lourdes of Higuera de la Sierra Found Decapitated

On April 3, 2017 neighbors discovered that the head of statue, which sits at the opening of a cave of the Paraje de las Tobas, in the region of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche, had been removed. The Civil Guard investigated. Read more ...

The Armenian Evangelical Church in Alfortville Targeted Twice in One Week

On April 2, 2017, the Pastor and his wife were awakened by flames that lit up the window of their room above the church. A rubbish bin filled with gasoline had been set on fire in front of the building's door. Firefighters were called and immediately intervened. The fire was brought under control and only the facade and the cross were blackened by the flames. A week earlier, the building had been stoned, destroying the double glazing of the front door. The Pastor noted that stoning incident immediately followed the visit of an Iraqi pastor who came to talk about the situation of the Eastern Christians. Police are investigating. Read more ...

Site of the Black Madonna Ransacked on Réunion; Cross of the Jubilee Destroyed

On April 2, 2017, a groundskeeper discovered the statue of the Black Madonna Rivière-des-Pluies (la Vierge Noire à la Rivière-des-Pluies) had been thrown to the ground and completely destroyed at a religious site where many faithful come to pray. The Cross of the Jubilee, placed in front of the church, was also vandalized. The priest of the parish expressed shock and disappointment that “people will desecrate holy places” and said that the site would be temporarily closed while the gendarmerie investigate. Parishioners expressed shock, sadness, and anger at the destruction. Read more ...

Christian Youth Organizations Will No Longer Work Alongside Public Youth Agencies

Ten Swiss Christian youth federations working with 10,000 young people every year will no longer have the support of the public authorities. The decision of the federal government (“Bundesrat”) comes after decades of successful collaboration. Read more ...

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