Roman Catholic Priests Beaten and Robbed

Country: Austria

Date of incident: January 5, 2008

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



In Austria two individual incidents were reported in January in which a Roman Catholic Parish Priest was attacked, brutally beaten and robbed. It is unknown if the perpetrators picked the priests as victims on grounds of their faith.

In Austria two individual inicidents were reported in January in which a Roman Catholic Parish Priest was attacked, brutally beaten and robbed.
It is unknown if the perpetrators picked the priests as victims on grounds of their faith.
On January 4th, the victim was the parish priest of Klosterneuburg-Kierling (close to Vienna), see full story in German on http://noe.orf.at/stories/250972/. On January 21st, the victim was the parish priest of Böheimkirchen (Lower Austria), see full story in German on http://oesterreich.orf.at/noe/stories/247326/.
The perpetrators have not been identified and are not reported to be the same in both incidents.