Robbery and Desecration in Charente Church

Country: France

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

Sources: L'Observatoire de la Christianophobie and Charente Libre