Germany: According to a November 11 report in The European, approximately 200 churches have been attacked and desecrated in the Alps and Bavarian regions alone. Large summit crosses atop mountains have also been felled and destroyed by axes and saws. “Young Islamists” are believed to be behind the widespread vandalism.
Philippines: Supporters of an Islamic militant group desecrated and tried to torch a Catholic chapel in the Mindanao region on Friday evening, November 10. According to the report, Archbishop Quevedo said “This criminal act is an abhorrent desecration of a place of Catholic worship.” The Muslim governor, Esmael Mangudadatu of Maguindanao insisted the act had nothing to do with Islam: “Islam teaches respect for religions and worship sites. Islam teaches religious tolerance. We have a principle in our religion that says there is no compulsion in religion.” (He neglected, however, to add that some Muslim scholars claim this sura, 2:256, has been abrogated.)
Similar incidents occurred in May 2017, when “Islamic State-inspired gunmen burned the St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi,” notes the report; and in June 2017, Muslim militants “also desecrated a chapel in the neighboring province of North Cotabato.”
Egypt: As in the previous month of October, when Muslim mob riots and attacks on churches prompted authorities to close at least four churches, the Pope Kerlis VI and Archdeacon Habib Gerges church continued to be threatened and was eventually shut down. On November 16, “workers from the national electricity company reportedly tried to cut the church building’s power,” says a report. “Coptic priests and youths stopped them before they cut the main power cable,” and Christians refused to leave the church building and spent the night inside it…” On the following day, the local Muslim governor warned the local bishop to close the church down, as terror attacks against it were imminent. The bishop obliged.