Cross Broken and Trampled at Kwidzyn Cathedral
Date of incident: May 3, 2019
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
On May 3rd, a priest discovered a destroyed and trampled cross in the porch of the entrance to the church of Saint John the Evangelist in Kwidzyn, as well as a strong smelling liquid poured into the holy water font. Because the incident occurred on the Catholic feast of the Queen of Poland and Poland's Constitution Day holiday, there were many visitors and tourists around the cathedral, making it difficult to identify the perpetrators, according to the priest. The area was not covered by the security cameras in the church.
The priest called the desecration of the cross a "special act of barbaric behavior" and said "We do not know whether this was done by a madman, a sick person, or a possessed person. However, he had to be guided by some kind of hatred." The following day, services were held for the desecration of the cross and the priest asked that people pray for forgiveness and for the conversion of the perpetrators.