Category Archives: Iconoclasm

A French September 11?

The cover of Le Monde, the leading French newspaper, displayed a photo of the spontaneous rally at the place de la République on Wednesday evening, 7 January, following the horrific attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier in the … Continue reading

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Burial Politics and Intolerance in France

Burial politics and intolerance seem to have been involved in an incident concerning the burial of a Roma (gypsy) baby during the holidays in France. The mayor of the town of Champlan, where the baby lived and died, allegedly refused … Continue reading

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New Wave of Iconoclasm in Iraq

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militants have reportedly launched iconoclastic attacks against religious sites in the areas of Iraq that they control. ISIS has apparently targeted numerous shrines and mosques that they deem offensive. Detailed reports are … Continue reading

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Relic Veneration and Theft

A story in the news from Italy yesterday sounded like it was straight out of a sixteenth-century broadsheet. A relic of Pope John Paul II’s blood was stolen from a church in the Abruzzo region. The relic at the church … Continue reading

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Attacks on Coptic Churches in Egypt

The Egyptian military recently took control of the national government in a move that many analysts have described as a coup d’état.  The military’s seizure of President Morsi and arrests of members of his government have triggered a serious political … Continue reading

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