Report highlights 2013 attacks against Christians in Spain

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A new report indicates that 2013 was a violent year for people of faith in Spain, with 96 attacks on religious freedom, especially against Christians.

The report, issued by the Observatory for Freedom of Religion and of Conscience, shows that some of the attacks came during religious services or involved arson and the defacing of churches with graffiti.

The observatory pointed to the “surprising” emergence of anarchist groups “whose attacks have even included the placing of two bombs, one in the Cathedral of La Almudena in Madrid and another at the Cathedral of El Pilar in Zaragoza.”

In addition, during the beatification of the Spanish martyrs of the 20th century in Tarragona last November, posters were put up around the city depicting a priest thrown to the lions in a Roman circus, described in a caption as a “Millennial Tradition.”

The report also mentions other attacks, such as the “recurring” petition by the Socialist Party to review the Church-State accords.

Attempts to prohibit any mention of God in public events in Catalonia, the elimination or decrease in the number of educational concerts in Andalusia, and attempts to eliminate Holy Week and Christmas as holidays in public schools in Asturias are also identified in the report as signs of an aggressive secular agenda.

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