Arsonists set fire to the church of Saint-Apollinaire in eastern France this week, after which the parish priest declared, “This was the last thing we needed, given recent events.”
The gothic church of Saint-Apollinaire, whose origins date back to the 12th century, is located in the village of Meximieux, in the department of Ain, France.
In a Facebook post, the parish priest, Father Sylvain, thanked local firefighters, who managed to put out the blaze on Monday afternoon. He also noted that police have arrested the perpetrators of the crime but does not go into detail regarding their number or the motivation behind their action.
“It is our faith that is violated and it is our community that they wanted to strike,” the priest said.