17.08.2021
Human Rights Without Frontiers
Christians (victims)

An evangelical church attacked in France

The marquee that the Life and Light evangelical church in Marseille used for worship services was destroyed and all the Bibles burned.

France

The canvas of the marquee the church used for worship and prayer meetings was torn, the furniture overturned and all the Bibles burned.

A member of the church who lives right next to the land rented by the congregation from the Marseille city council, discovered the extent of the damage.

“It happened to us like a storm in the middle of summer. They called me to tell me that the marquee was down. It had rained a lot in the last few days, so I thought the ground had softened. The damage was probably done the day before. We don't know who could have done this and we don't understand”, said François Santiago, pastor of the church.

The marquee was erected at the beginning of the summer, mainly for sanitary reasons, in order to have more physical distance than in the adjoining hard church building, but it is now unusable.

“It's a circus tent, we've had it for 30 years. Seeing burned Bibles is not nice. It's vandalism, everything is broken”, pointed out Laurent Castagna, the church treasurer.

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