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In Chile, young people are helping rebuild a vandalized church

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The images of the church tower collapsing in a sea of flames shocked not only the local people and the Catholic faithful, but the whole country.

Church of the Assumption

Arson and vandalism: targeting churches in Santiago, Chile

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“The irrationality and hatred that we are witnessing is an attack on a fundamental human right to religious liberty. Such violence should have no place in a society that claims to be democratic.”

Fire in the parish of the Assumption

ACN statement—two churches set on fire in Santiago de Chile

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“Nothing justifies the use of violence, nor the attacks on sacred spaces, nor will the use of violence against the faith and beliefs of others contribute to the defense of social, racial, or economic justice.”

In Chile’s capital, radical protesters ransack a church

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Hooded vandals had dragged out the pews, statues and sacred images into the street, smashing them and setting them on fire. They also sprayed graffiti and abusive slogans on the inside walls of the church as well as on its doors.

Pope Francis goes to Chile as a messenger of peace for society as a whole

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“For a country that has been painfully hit by the legalization of abortion, the papal visit brings renewed hope to the lives of Christians.”

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