Filed Under: Feature, News, World News. The crucifix was hauled out of the church, broken, and put on display in the street. Protests and riots erupted in Chile’s capital city of Santiago over the weekend ahead of a referendum on whether to throw out the country’s constitution, The Wall Street Journal reported. Chile Anniversary Rallies Turn Violent as Churches Burned, Police Fire Tear Gas By Reuters , Wire Service Content Oct. 18, 2020 By Reuters , Wire Service Content Oct. 18, 2020, at 3:39 p.m. As you would expect, American news operations have been busy covering other stories. 320 Cathedral Street SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) — Demonstrators burned two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos. During Chile’s 1973-1990 dictatorship, several bishops spoke out in defense of human rights and worked closely with indigenous populations. Crowds stormed La Asuncion Church, removing pews, statues and … Radials burning a church is right up its alley. I ask that as a way of judging whether the Catholic churches was targeted by demonstrators or the trashing and burning seen at this church was a random event. What are those Baptist pastors talking about? That would be news. Catholic News Service is a leading agency for religious news. The assailing of two parishes comes as Chile’s Catholic Church suffers the fallout from accusations of clergy sexual abuse and the hierarchy’s improper response to such crimes. Today vandals in Santiago, Chile, firebombed three Catholic churches just ahead of Pope Francis’s scheduled visit to the South American nation on Monday. An estimated 75,000 people had gathered in a nearby square to protest against the ruling government of President Sebastian Piñera. 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On Friday, hooded protesters looted a Catholic Church, in Santiago. The historic church dates to 1876. News Chile: Protesters burn university, loot church. This occurred amid weeks of protests in the capital. The Catholic missions in Chile were administered by Spain’s Department of Colonial Affairs, a secular body. Around the world, arson is committed because empty churches are a soft target, or due to Excommunication, racial hatred, prejudice against certain religions or religious beliefs, as part of a sectarian campaign of communal violence, or as a means of anonymously registering dissent or anti-religious sentiment. "The burning of churches is an expression of the disgruntlement" that many Mapuche feel for the Catholic Church, said German Silva, a political analyst at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Masked protestors filmed and cheered as the burning spire of a Chilean church crashed to the ground Sunday night, video shows. In Chile, Archbishop Condemns Arson Attacks That Destroyed Catholic Churches A number of churches across Chile have been attacked and looted amid political demonstrations in the country. I get that, too. Church officials and media reports described the Oct. 18 gatherings through the country as peaceful, but unrest broke out late in the day, with some protesters entering and vandalizing parishes in Santiago, the national capital. Catholic Review Media provides intergenerational communications that inform, teach, inspire and engage Catholics and all of good will in the mission of Christ through diverse forms of media. Ask an evangelical superstar to preach at National Cathedral, New podcast: There's more to Lent 2021 than virtual-ash selfies and giving up (fill in the blank), Ryan Burge day: Political tensions rise as secularism grows (yet faith numbers stay strong). They do not want more corruption or abuse; they expect dignified, respectful and fair treatment.”, Archbishop Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago called for an end to the violence Oct. 18, calling it evil and saying, “We cannot justify the unjustifiable.”. Want to trigger Episcopalians? I get that. I get that. In terms of secular newsrooms, The Daily Mail has covered this highly symbolic story: “Demonstrators loot churches in Chile and burn statues of Jesus in the streets as month-long protest over inequality turns violent.” However, this only proves the larger point, since the Mail is known as a conservative-market newspaper. “These violent groups contrast with many others who have demonstrated peacefully. Lord have mercy! CNA Staff, Jul 11, 2020 / 07:14 pm (CNA).- A Florida man has been arrested after he reportedly admitted to crashing a minivan into a Catholic Church and then setting it on fire. Please pray for Chile! Lord have mercy! Many of the protests have demanded rewriting the constitution; the bishops have encouraged citizen participation in the demonstrations. Burning church in Chile, Youtbe Two Catholic churches were destroyed in Santiago, Chile last Sunday in the wake of riots marking the one-year anniversary of anti-government protests that called for a new constitution to replace the one from Pinochet’s military regime in 1980. Demonstrators set fire to two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos. I find this very depressing. Some of the church goods were used to build a bonfire in nearby Plaza Italia. Catholic Church Desecrated In Chile Return To Tradition. As Chile reels from protest and tumult fueled by a push to rewrite the country’s Pinochet-era constitution, the Catholic Church appears caught in the middle, with two churches being torched over the weekend while onlookers cheered, part of a broader pattern of street violence. Catholic bishops in Chile say they believe in peaceful protests but are concerned by violence that has left a couple of historic church ablaze during recent anti-government demonstrations in … President Joe Biden's a Pope Francis fan, but does that mean the pope's a fan of Biden? Masked protesters recorded video and cheered as the burning spire of a Chilean church crashed to the ground Sunday night. Also, the words “burn the church” were spray-painted nearby on an interior wall. In fact, it would appear that this is a “conservative news story,” which apparently means that attacks on Catholic churches in Chile is only of interest to political conservatives. During Chile’s 1973-1990 dictatorship, several bishops spoke out in defense of human rights and worked closely with indigenous populations. But demonstrators' complaints grew to include income inequality, low wages and Chile's high cost of living. But I would like to note that activists/reformers/rioters — pick your label — have started burning Catholic churches, including holy objects stripped from altars. Why are churches burning in Chile? Catholic Review Reader asks: How can news consumers decide if Ethiopian massacre reports are true? They also took statues and images of Jesus from the church as well as statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints to be burned in the fire. This is the kind of smartphone-video story that tends to make news, if only because the images are so striking. Church arson is the burning or attempting to burn of religious property. Chile, Church burnings, Mapuche CathNews - Chile's church burnings: Revenge of the Mapuche continues CathNews is Australia’s leading Catholic news service, which delivers news, features, prayers, opinions, reflections, discussion, and Mass on Demand, aggregated … SANTIAGO, Chile — Demonstrators burned two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos. Demonstrators came out a year after mass protests that saw … Copyright © 2020 Catholic News Service/U.S. Masked protestors filmed and cheered as the burning spire of a Chilean church crashed to the ground Sunday night, video shows. Protests began in response to a recent raise in subway fares in Santiago. The Church of San Francisco de Borja suffered similar damage, in part because it is considered the home church of the Carabineros, Chile’s national police. That would not be “liberal” news or “conservative” news. The violence that as seized Chile is linked to complex issues of history, economics and bitter political divisions. Catholic churches burning in Chile? Baltimore, MD 21201 Black church leaders working to promote COVID-19 vaccines to their skeptical flocks. SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) — Demonstrators burned two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos. “The citizenry that wants justice, probity, the overcoming of inequalities and opportunities to be able to pull ourselves up as a country will not be intimidated by threats of violence and will fulfill their civic duty,” the bishops’ statement said. Masked protestors filmed and cheered as the burning spire of a Chilean church crashed to the ground Sunday night, video shows. Roman Catholic Church [edit | edit source] Roman Catholicism was the national religion of Chile before 1925 and continues to be a dominant force. SANTIAGO, Chile (ChurchMilitant.com) - Rioters looted a church and burned its contents on the street in Chile's capital on Friday.Vandals stormed La Asuncion Church in … The tabernacle was damaged and smeared with the word “rapists.” Photos taken at the scene showed that the door of the tabernacle was left open. Meanwhile, the role of the Catholic Church in the politics of Chile is complicated and, as you would expect, decades of arguments about clergy sexual abuse and related topics has not helped the situation. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets in Santiago in a fresh day of anti-government protests. Demonstrators loot churches in Chile and burn statues of Jesus in the streets as month-long protest over inequality turns violent. 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Did the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol involve Christian 'heresy' or was it 'apostasy'? Those horrible images would be everywhere. Meanwhile, the role of the Catholic Church in the politics of Chile is complicated a Fire totally destruction of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, a few meters from Piazza Italia, in the center of Santiago de Chile, on 18 October, following a day of protests. Meanwhile, the role of the Catholic Church in the politics of Chile is complicated and, as you would expect, decades of arguments about clergy sexual abuse … October 19, 2020By Catholic News Service Catholic News Service Chile erupted in protests in October 2019 after an increase in metro fares in the city of Santiago. The Chilean capital’s mayor estimated about 75,000 people had crowded the square. Return To Tradition 27,563 views. Demonstrations had been taking place in the run-up to the October 25 national referendum on whether to strike down Chile’s dictator-era constitution. Still, it was strange to see very, very little evidence that this Nov. 8 AP report was picked up. “The burning of churches is an expression of the disgruntlement” that many Mapuche feel for the Catholic Church, said German Silva, a political analyst at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Loading ... We Were Warned: The Prophecies Of The New Church - Duration: 15:42. The issue is whether American newsrooms ran that story — which is often hard to see on the Internet, since many newspapers do not include wire-service stories in their online editions. I have been following these events on Twitter and, after several days of doing that, I decided to check and see what kind of mainstream news coverage these hellish scenes have received. What’s the bottom line here? Joe Biden era puts transgender rights atop newsroom agendas (which creates religion news). Groups of hooded protesters entered two Catholic churches setting fire to the St. Francis Borgia Church, which is the parish of the Carabineros, Chile’s police force, and to the Church … This could haunt Biden’s Middle East work, EU hypocrisy? A Catholic church has been burned down in southern Chile, according to police. The answer: Next to none. Anatomy of a scandal: What's next for journalists working on the Ravi Zacharias fallout? Videos posted on social media showed the spire of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Santiago burning, then crashing to the ground as a nearby crowd cheered. A January survey from polling firm Cadem found that 75% of respondents disapprove of the church’s performance. Its mission is to report fully, fairly and freely on the involvement of the church in the world today. © var today = new Date(); document.write(today.getFullYear()); GetReligion.org unless otherwise noted.All rights reserved. Of course journalists would rush to cover that fire, and rightly so. Rioters set fire to and destroyed two Catholic Churches in Chile on Sun., Oct. 18. “The burning of churches is an expression of the disgruntlement” that many Mapuche feel for the Catholic Church, said German Silva, a political analyst at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago. The parish is home to institutional ceremonies for the “Carabineros,” Chile’s national police, a force unpopular with protesters over accusations of it employing repressive tactics, including 345 eye injuries from the use of pellets shot from anti-riot weapons, according to a U.N. report. Masked demonstrators carry a cross with Jesus Christ, taken from inside a church, during a protest against government education reforms in Santiago, Chile Reuters. SANTIAGO, Chile, October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Two Catholic churches were destroyed in Chile’s capital city Sunday in the wake of riots … Church arson is the burning or attempting to burn of religious property. Ashes spread to Santiago’s Plaza Italia square where thousands were chanting and holding banners, while others turned on the lights on their cellphones and waved Chilean national flags. SANTIAGO, Chile, October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Two Catholic churches were destroyed in Chile’s capital city Sunday in the wake of riots … “These events over the past few hours in Santiago and other cities in Chile show that there are no limits to those that exacerbate violence,” the Chilean bishops’ conference said in an Oct. 18 statement. Demonstrators burned two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos. Miriam A. 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