• Nicaraguan cardinal says Mass at entrance of firebombed cathedral chapel

    Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua said Mass Wednesday at the entrance of the Blood of Christ chapel in his cathedral, which was firebombed last week. "The Church has always suffered and will continue to suffer, but our assurance is that the Lord is with us,” Cardinal... Read more
  • Nicaragua Catholic cathedral attacked with firebomb

    An unidentified man threw a firebomb into a chapel of Managua’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, severely damaging the chapel and a devotional image of Christ more than three centuries... Read more
  • The Nantes Cathedral fire is a symptom of a growing problem across Europe

    This past Saturday morning, many awoke to images of another French cathedral on fire—this time in the heart of Nantes. In the early morning hours of July 18, a fire began in the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral. Passers-by saw flames through a window of the cathedral and alerted emergency... Read more
  • Canceling Padre Serra

    I have just received word that, after voting to remove a large statue of St. Junípero Serra that stands in front of their City Hall, the government of Ventura, California (which is in my pastoral region) is now considering removing the image of Padre Serra from the city seal and from... Read more
  • Attacks on Catholic statues continue over weekend

    Several Catholic churches in the United States reported vandalism and other damage to statues over the past weekend, the latest in a spate of church vandalism over recent weeks. At Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, New York, a monument to unborn children killed by... Read more
  • Who are the Martyrs of Compiegne?

     On July 17 the Church commemorates 16 French religious sisters who died at the hands of the French Revolution, hastening the end of its Reign of Terror. Compiegne is about an hour’s drive away from Paris, where the French Revolution broke out in 1789. Increasingly radical... Read more
  • Christ Statue Beheaded in New Catholic Statue Attacks

    The recent series of attacks on church buildings and property continued Tuesday night, as a statue of Christ was toppled and beheaded at a Miami parish and a statue of Mary was daubed with red paint in Colorado Springs.  Recent weeks have seen a rolling series of acts of vandalism and... Read more
  • California city will remove St. Junipero Serra statue from public grounds

    The city council of Ventura, California has voted to remove a statue of St. Junipero Serra from the grounds of city hall, amid riots and protests in other California cities that have resulted in the destruction of several statues of the saint in recent months. The Ventura city... Read more
  • Statue of Virgin Mary beheaded at Tennessee parish

     A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was attacked this weekend at a parish in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the third reported incident against a statue of Mary occuring in the same weekend.  “What a strange time [we live in],” Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville tweeted on July 13.... Read more
  • Statues of Mary vandalized in weekend of Catholic church attacks

    Boston police are investigating an arson attack on a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saturday night, the second attack in the U.S. on a statue of the Virgin Mary in two days, and during the same weekend in which two Catholic church fires are being investigated for arson. Police were... Read more