Tag: Churches (Buildings)

Man With Gas Cans in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Planned to Burn It Down, Prosecutor Says

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The philosophy teacher charged last week with carrying gas cans and lighter fluid into St. Patrick’s Cathedral had a clear plan, prosecutors say, to set the Fifth Avenue landmark ablaze. The man, Marc Lamparello, had also booked a one-way […]

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Are Christians Privileged or Persecuted?

The murderous radicals who set off bombs and killed hundreds on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka chose their targets with ideological purpose. Three Catholic churches were bombed, and with them three hotels catering to Western tourists, because often in the jihadist imagination Western Christianity and Western liberal individualism are the conjoined enemies of their longed-for […]

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Local Group Is Blamed for Attacks, but Sri Lanka Suspects ‘International Network’

NEW DELHI — Sri Lankan officials said on Monday that the coordinated bombings of churches and hotels across the country on Easter Sunday had been carried out by National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamist group, with help from international militants. Rajitha Senaratne, the Sri Lankan health minister, blamed the group at a news conference […]

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‘Why Kill the Innocents?’ Sri Lankans Mourn Bombing Victims

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka — The little room could hold no more grief. All day Monday, through the steamy heat, mourners quietly stepped inside and paused in front of a sealed coffin containing what was left of Sneha Savindi Fernando. Sneha was standing in line for communion at Easter Mass on Sunday when she was blown […]

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Sri Lanka Names Local Group in Attacks but Suspects ‘International Network’

NEW DELHI — Sri Lankan officials said on Monday that the coordinated bombings of churches and hotels across the country on Easter Sunday had been carried out by National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamist group, with help from international militants. Rajitha Senaratne, the Sri Lankan health minister, blamed the group at a news conference […]

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Live Briefing: Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates: Police Arrest 24 as Death Toll Nears 300

• The Sri Lankan police have arrested 24 people in connection with a series of devastating suicide bombings at hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that left nearly 300 people dead and more than 500 injured. • No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but a police officer alerted security officials in an advisory […]

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Religious Minorities Across Asia Suffer Amid Surge in Sectarian Politics

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The deadly attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday highlighted how easily religious coexistence can be ripped apart in a region where secularism is weakening amid the growing appeal of a politics based on ethnic and sectarian identity. In India, the country’s governing right-wing Hindu party is exploiting faith for votes, pushing an […]

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Sri Lanka Photos: Destruction and Despair on a Christian Day of Worship

After the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed almost 200 people on Sunday, images of the churches that had been targeted showed smashed pews, broken statues and charred beams. Windows, floors and ceilings were blown out at the hotels that were hit. [Follow our live updates on the deadly Sri Lanka explosions.] ImageDamage at the […]

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Sri Lanka Bombings Live Update: Blasts Unleash Carnage at Churches and Luxury Hotels

At least six explosions targeting churches and hotels around Sri Lanka were said to have killed almost 200 people on Sunday in what the police said was a coordinated attack. • The blasts happened at about 8:45 a.m. at three churches celebrating Easter Mass: St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, the capital; St. Sebastian’s Church in […]

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Sri Lanka Bombings Injure Scores at Churches and Hotels

Multiple explosions were reported on Sunday in at least five places in Sri Lanka, including churches convened for Easter Mass and high-end hotels in Colombo, the capital. At least 50 people were injured, officials said. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attacks, or whether they were related to one another. Pictures […]

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Donations to Black Churches Destroyed by Arson Spike After Notre-Dame Fire

The fire at Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday prompted immediate pledges of millions of euros to help rebuild it. On Tuesday, it spurred donations to do the same for much smaller places of worship thousands of miles away that were recently destroyed by arson. A crowdfunding campaign for three fire-ravaged black churches in Louisiana received nearly […]

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Notre-Dame Photos: A Fire and Its Aftermath

With the flames extinguished, the smoke clear and a new sun risen over Paris, the French got a heartening confirmation on Tuesday: The Cathedral of Notre-Dame still stands. It is scorched, battered and missing its spire and much of its roof, but the 800-year-old Gothic masterwork that symbolized both a place and a culture is […]

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Fate of Priceless Cultural Treasures Uncertain After Notre-Dame Fire

The fire that destroyed two-thirds of the roof of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris on Monday did more than damage a beloved historic landmark: It also endangered the vast collection of Christian relics and artworks housed in the building and on its grounds. The relics are safe, the French government announced. “Notre Dame’s treasury, […]

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From the Ashes of Notre-Dame

A first draft of this column was written before flames engulfed the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, before its spire fell in one of the most dreadful live images since Sept. 11, 2001, before a blazing fire went further than any of France’s anticlerical revolutionaries ever dared. My original subject was the latest controversy in […]

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Critic’s Notebook: A Symbol of Stone, Faith and Frenchness Goes Up in Smoke

Notre-Dame has occupied the heart of Paris for the better part of a millennium, its twin medieval towers rising from the small central island wedged between the storied left and right banks. Now, France is burning. The fire at Notre-Dame happened on the day that the country’s troubled president, Emmanuel Macron, was supposed to explain […]

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What We Know and Don’t Know About the Notre-Dame Fire

A fire broke out at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris on Monday evening, destroying its spire and severely damaging its roof. What we know about the fire • The fire began at about 6:30 p.m., and the Paris fire chief, Jean-Claude Gallet, told television interviewers that it had begun in the attic. The cathedral’s […]

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Notre-Dame Fire Photos: Despair and Grief Amid Smoke and Flame

A devastating fire swept through Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris Monday evening, severely damaging one of the city’s most storied landmarks and one of the Catholic world’s most sacred sites. [President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral. Read the news story here.] The blaze, which started Monday evening, caused the church’s spire to collapse and […]

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Photos of Notre Dame Before the Fire: A Cathedral That Defined a City

When the architects of Cathedral of Notre-Dame set to work some 850 years ago, their goals were nothing if not ambitious. The church’s sanctuary, they decreed, must be taller than any built before. The nave would rise 108 feet, and the two 223-feet-tall towers would cast a far-reaching shadow over the roofs of Paris. The […]

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