The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Castries condemns the attack on a church

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Castries has condemned Sunday’s Molotov cocktail attack on the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Vieux Fort, where a man detonated two of the incendiary devices inside the building.

No one was injured and the fire was extinguished.

In condemning the incident, the Archdiocese observed on its Facebook page that this was the second time Catholics in Assumption Vieux Fort Parish have had their constitutional right to worship violated and their sacred space of worship desecrated.

In 2020, the Pierrot Catholic Church suffered a similar attack.

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Eyewitnesses to Sunday’s attack identified the perpetrator who police later arrested as the same individual behind the Pierrot incident.

The archdiocese said it was aware of such attacks on the Catholic community in the past.

He recalled the murder of Francis Theresa Keenan SJC during Mother’s Day Mass at Grace, Vieux Fort on May 8, 1977, the kidnapping of Bishop Lester Guilly SJ in Castries in December 1980 and the “brutal murder” of Catholic nun Theresa Egan during the December 31, 2000 attack on the cathedral.

The archdiocese noted that the December 2000 attack also resulted in the death of Catholic priest Charles Gaillard in April 2001, while Victor Reyes and Mark Beaubrun suffered severe burns.

In addition, he cited the attempt on the life of Archbishop of Castries Kelvin Felix in 2006.

“This catalog of atrocities suggests a pattern of targeted aggression that is unacceptable in a democratic and Christian society,” the archdiocese said.

He called on the government, civil society, religious groups and men and women of goodwill to “stand resolutely” and condemn all forms of fanaticism, hatred, discrimination and intolerance, both in word and in actions, which are manifested in Saint Lucia.

The Archdiocese’s statement noted that some of the attackers are said to be of questionable mental health.

As a result, the Catholic Church has used Mental Health Week May 9-15 to support the call for greater mental health awareness, education and information and better care and facilities for people with disabilities. mental.

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Martha J. Finley