In Israel, the vandals attacked the Basilica of the Transfiguration, built on the spot where, according to Christian tradition, was the appearance of Christ to the disciples in his divine glory. Hooligans robbed a box of donations, damaged icons, stole chalices (chalices for communion) and scattered wafers.
According to Church leadership, the motive for attacking the temple, which occurred on Monday, October 24, was a robbery, reports YahooNews , citing AFP. Jewish extremists who were accused of previous attacks on Christian buildings in Israel, is not considered involved in the incident, said the press-Secretary of the Assembly of Catholic ordinaries of the Holy land Wadi Abunassar.
The spokesman did not specify how many bowls were stolen from the Basilica of the Transfiguration and what amount went missing from a donation box. According to him, the robbers scattered on the floor of the communion bread, also used in the rite of communion.
At the same time on the walls of the Church was discovered graffiti, which usually remain after attacks by extremists, said Abunassar. The police of the city of Afula has already started investigation of the incident, said NEWSru Israel.
Robbed Basilica belongs to the order of the Franciscans. The Church was built in 1924 on the ruins of much more ancient temples. Basilica of the Transfiguration located in the Galilee in Northern Israel, which is regularly visited by tourists and pilgrims.
The Church stands on mount Tabor, which is revered by pilgrims as the place of the Transfiguration is described in the Gospels of the phenomenon of the divine Majesty of Christ, his closest disciples Peter, James, and John. According to the sacred texts during this event were the two old Testament prophets Moses and Elijah who were talking with Jesus.