Robbery and Desecration in Charente Church
Date of incident: March 8, 2019
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
Sometime in the morning of March 8th, between the opening of the church at 8:55 and the first Mass at 9:55, the ciborium containing consecrated hosts and a chalice were stolen from the sacristy cupboard in the church of Saint-Barthélémy in Confolens, Charente. This was the eighth church in the Charente region hit by theft and vandalism since last February.
Police had warned churches a few days earlier to stay vigilant due to a series of thefts of liturgical objects in the Vienne and Charente-Maritime