Sunday, 30 December 2012

France: Basilica Vandalised on Christmas Day

This is the Holy Sepulchre in the basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Chêne, a shrine to Our Lady and a place of pilgrimage in Vion, France. It was vandalised on Christmas Eve and then again on Christmas day. Graffiti was left on the scene, saying (in English): "Smoke weed every day".

"When a synagogue or mosque is damaged, everyone talks about it. When it's a church, no one cares," says the rector with regret, recalling the example of the desecration of the chapel of the military base in Toulon, on 8 December. "Neither the military authorities, nor the state, came, no one talked about it. The baptismal fonts, the ambon and the altar were totally destroyed. Three powerful symbols, on the day of Mary's nativity," says an upset Father Ghislain.

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