Category: Violent Incidents

Temples and religious leaders, targets of violence in Argentina

In recent months, Christian churches (Catholic and non-Catholic) continue to be vandalized. According to the Argentine Council for Religious Freedom, during the month of January, there were attacks by radical feminist protesters against evangelical churches in the province of Misiones. In November 2020, the walls of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Cathedral located in Moreno,

Christian leaders and temples, targets of violence in Venezuela

Venezuela has been the scene of violent incidents that were targeted at Christian leaders and places of worship. Multiple religious leaders have been killed and robberies have been occurring in the last months. Brother Luigi Manganiello, the headmaster of the La Salle religious institute died on January 6th as a result of the injuries he

Antofagasta Cathedral vandalized

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, feminist protesters set fire to a banner at the doors of the San José Cathedral, located in Antofagasta. The action of the police prevented the fire from spreading inside the Cathedral and helped the door suffer minor damage, however, this is one more incident

Paramilitary groups close churches in northern Colombia

The organization The Voice of the Martyrs disclosed that paramilitary groups closed about sixty churches in the North of Colombia, specifically in Antioquia, Bolívar, Chocó and Córdova. According to reports by field researchers from that organization, churches and pastors’ homes were marked with the initials of the paramilitary group Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC); They

Vandalized temples in Argentina

In several provinces of Argentina, theft, vandalism and desecration of churches were reported. In the face of the economic crisis, that is exacerbated by the current pandemic, such incidents are more frequent and affect temples of Christian worship. Alms, images– among other goods – become valuable for various criminal groups. Many times, in addition to

In Cuba, harassment of Christians intensifies during pandemic

While facing the severity of the economic crisis on the island, a situation that has gotten worse due to COVID-19, civil society organizations and Christian denominations have tried to provide spiritual and material help. However, the authorities have taken advantage of the restrictions imposed in the context of the pandemic to intensify the harassment against

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