Arson Attempt at Elche Basilica

Country: Spain

Date of incident: June 30, 2018

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private

An unknown person attempted to set fire to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Elche while Mass was being celebrated inside. By using paraffin from a chandelier, the perpetrator set a fire between two wooden doors. Fortunately a parishioner noticed the smoke and the flames could be smothered in time.

This was not the first time that the church had been vandalized. During the preceding months several candelabras and metal crucifixes disappeared and at Easter, two images were stolen. 

Photo credit: Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, from Wikimedia Commons