Saint-Henri in Neuilly-Plaisance Desecrated and Burglarized

Country: France

Date of incident: September 26, 2016

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



During the night from September 25 to 26th, one or more individuals broke into the church. Once inside, they stole the collection box containing donations to the church. They opened the tabernacle and threw the consecrated Hosts on the floor.

The attack shocked the Abbot, Nicolas Maine. "I'm devastated. Money is not the problem. However, the Host is what is most sacred in the Catholic religion." A complaint was filed at the police station of Neuilly-sur-Marne.
Father Nicolas Maine commented, “The intention was clearly to violently attack this Christian place of worship. And two months after the assassination of Father Hamel, emotion remains strong in the Catholic community. To attack a church is to attack every Christian."
The church will hold a Reparation Mass, the procedure after events of desecration. 
Source: Le Parisien