Sunday, December 1, 2019


A church near Lourdes. From The Deacon's Bench:
Mass books torn and burned, others soiled with excrement, a cross thrown to the ground,  a fire extinguisher emptied, a statue thrown on the benches of the faithful: such are the damages discovered. Wednesday early afternoon, two individuals entered the church of St Jean de Tarbes, to commit these degradations in this church located in the center of the prefecture of the Hautes-Pyrénées. According to Bishop Nicolas Brouwet, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, this is not a desecration of the pure religious meaning of the term. This word is used only when liturgical objects – altar, tabernacle, service objects – are degraded or stolen. (Read more.)

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