Church in Regensburg Terribly Damaged by Vandals

Country: Germany

Date of incident: November 29, 2021

On the 29th of November between 11a.m and 7 p.m, an unknown person went on a rampage in the Holy Spirit Parish Church in Regensburg and damaged several sacred objects. The offender stole a cross from the altar, urinated in a corner, broke a chandelier off the altar of Mary, and tipped several lighted candles over. The police were looking for witnesses who can give information about this incident.

Pastor Hartmut Constien was appalled by the act and said: "According to the staff of our parish, this is the first incident of this kind in a long time. To me, this is not mere vandalism, but a massive attack on the Cross and Our Lady herself!" He adressed the vandals directly: "Please bring our altar cross back to us. Even if it is of no value to you, it is dear to us!"

"It's not just about a pool of urine in the corner or destroyed objects, but about what the cross means to us as Christians, what role the Blessed Mother has in our life of faith and that we use this room as a place for encountering God and for prayer This was an attack on all Christians and all people of good will,"