Statue of Virgin Mary and Roadside Crucifix Destroyed in Southern Poland

Country: Poland

Date of incident: January 17, 2020

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Between January 16th and 18th, unidentified perpetrators destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary in a church in Ściegny and then in Wojanów, a roadside crucifix and figures of angels standing around the cross were destroyed beyond repair.

The incidents upset and saddened the local community. "As a parish we funded the renovations on this cross a few years ago on the 700th anniversary of our village. Well, it hung for two years and has just been destroyed,'" said Father Andrzej Spelak, parish priest of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wojanowo.

The case is being investigated by the local police. 

Sources: Gość and Polonia Christiana
Photo by Father Andrzej Spelak, courtesy of Gość