Parish Vandalized in Valencia

Country: Spain

Date of incident: August 31, 2006

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith / Morals

Area of case: Private



The parish Asunción de Nuestra Señora, located in the Benimaclet neighborhood of Valencia, was vandalized and the walls painted with anti-Christian messages and images. The parish priest Juan Luis Orquín pointed out that anarchists and gays group have been attacking the Church on regular basis. The priest added that local authorities have not taken any measure to reduce the harassment and the threat to the church. The local newspaper El Levante reported that before the arrival of Benedict XVI to Valencia, a fire was started at the parish doors and the damage caused is still visible.


Sources:

http://www.aciprensa.com/noticia.php?n=13746
http://www.lasprovincias.es/valencia/pg060826/prensa/noticias/
Valencia/200608/26/VAL-VAL-007.html
http://www.levante-emv.com/valencia/3253/cura-iglesia-benimaclet-
denuncia-agresiones-templo/223657.html
http://almela.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_archive.html
http://noticias.interbusca.com/sociedad/una-parroquia-del-barrio-valenciano-de-benimaclet-aparece-con-pintadas-de-contenido-blasfemo-segun-su-sacerdote-20060825190003.html
http://www.lukor.com/not-esp/locales/0608/25190003.htm