Altar vandalized, sacred vessels stolen from Sacred Heart Basilica in France

Altar vandalized, sacred vessels stolen from Sacred Heart Basilica in France

“By chance, grace, or providence, the Blessed Sacrament wasn’t stolen, but everything has been left in an appalling, dramatic state,” he added.

“I invite you to pray for us, for the parish, and I encourage you that tomorrow [Nov. 16], at 6:15 p.m. there will be a time prayer and reparation, at the request of the archbishop [Dominique Lebrun],” the priest explained to the faithful.

De la Tousche added that after the prayer, Mass will be celebrated with sacred vessels loaned by the archbishop, and then two hours of Eucharistic adoration will take place.

A recent report from the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe (OIDAC) indicates that France ranks third for the most hate crimes against Christians in 2022, with 106 out of a total of 748.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

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