The Parish Church of Saint-Pierre de Neuilly was the target of an arson attack on Sunday
(Paris) Once again, an arson attack was carried out in France against a church.
Saint-Pierre de Neuilly
Attacks against churches, cemeteries and religious symbols are becoming increasingly worrying in France. They can be thought to be a consequence of the progressive de-Christianization of the country. France's king once had the title of Rex Christianissimus, and France itself - right behind the Holy Roman Empire - ranked the eldest daughter of the Catholic Church.
Last Sunday, unknown people set fire to four different places in the parish church of Saint-Pierre de Neuilly.
Some believers, who were near the church at the time and heard the smell of burning, rushed to the church. The quick intervention prevented a spreading of the flames. The police are looking for the perpetrators.
The St. Peter's Church of Neuilly was planned from 1883 in the Neo-Romanesque style to meet the population growth of the city at the time. The foundation stone was laid in 1887. When the construction work was completed in 1914, the First World War prevented the consecration of the church, which became possible only in 1922 and was done by Cardinal Dubois.
The parish belongs to the diocese of Nanterre.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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