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

Country: France

Date of incident: April 2, 2017

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



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 go 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 investigated. Parishioners expressed shock, sadness, and anger at the destruction.

Source: Zinfos974