(Paris) in France acts of vandalism taken place against churches. One of the most recent cases occurred to the Church of Saint Jean Valence (Department of Drome) in southern France, the altar was set on fire by criminals or Satanists. The deed was committed on the 10th of May. The parish of Saint-Émilien to which the church belongs, stated: "On Friday, the 10th of May, it was severely damaged by arson, a church from the time of Saint-Jean. We pray for the perpetrators and we ask God to protect His Church. "
On 17 Thus May the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord that was broken in the church of Saint Vaast Ecuires in northern France in the department of Pas-de-Calais. The tabernacle was broken into and a chalice and stole the cup with the consecrated hosts. To gain entry to the church, or the perpetrators then broke the main door, inside the door to the sacristy. They also stole a monstrance, a silver chalice, and the ciborium with the consecrated Hosts. . The loot had no particular value. "The symbolic damage is far greater than the value of the stolen items," the newspaper quoted the mayor Philippe Cousin as saying.
In both cases, the perpetrators are unknown. It is still unclear whether they were vandals, thieves or Satanists. Police are investigating.