Church Desecrated in Messina

Country: Italy

Date of incident: July 3, 2016

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Anti-Religion or humanism groups / Private



The church of Santa Elena was the victim of desecration, theft, and vandalism on July 3rd. The parish priest discovered the tabernacle completely emptied, smashed and detached from the wall. A statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated, and a ciborium full of consecrated Hosts was stolen, along with an ancient reliquary containing a fragment of the Holy Cross.

Graffiti left at the church praised hell, leading investigators to consider it to be possibly the work of Satanists. 
The parish community was outraged and dismayed. 
Source: Info Vaticana