Lost in the massive media coverage of the Islamic terrorist attack on three churches in Sri Lanka which killed more than 320 mostly Christians, reports of an intentionally set church fire at the French church of Notre-Dame de Grâce also on Easter Sunday in the southern French town of Eyguières, went mostly unnoticed.
Breitbart Just the latest in a tidal wave of desecrations of Christian churches in the country, the fire was started in a large, wooden confessional around 4:30pm and proceeded to consume a dais in the presbytery of the eighteenth-century church located in the southern French town of Eyguières, near Provence.
“Flames several meters high were coming out of the church,” said the mayor of Eyguières, Henri Pons, before a team of 30 firefighters with six vehicles arrived and managed to contain the blaze.
An area of some 20 square meters in the church was destroyed but observers have noted that the damage would have been far worse had it not been it not for the bold intervention of a local inhabitant. An investigation has been opened to determine the causes of the fire, enlisting the assistance of experts from the Gendarmerie Scientifique. Investigators are treating the blaze as arson.
A dozen Catholic churches were desecrated across France over the period of just one week this past March and the recent spate of church profanations has puzzled both police and ecclesiastical leaders.