University Chapel Attacked with Incendiary Devices

Country: Spain

Date of incident: June 23, 2017

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

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

The chapel of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), the second most important public university in the region and one of the main universities in Spain, was attacked with incendiary devices thrown through a window early in the morning of June 23, 2017. In addition to trying to destroy the chapel, the perpetrators left the slogan "The only church that illuminates is the one that burns" on the walls.,

Although the chapel was not destroyed, there was some damage from the fire, including a statue of St. Joseph and the tabernacle left partially burned.
The academic authorities of the UAM condemned the attack and pledged to invesigate, a gesture that the Archbishop of Madrid praised in a statement in which he expressed his sorrow over the incident. Sources: El Pais and ACI Prensa