According to a report by the Vienna-based Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe in the past year hundreds of attacks have been carried out against Christianity.
The 2013 report was released on Thursday and documents 241 cases of intolerance against Christians.
The voluntary group’s report includes details of hate-based attacks on Christians and their institutions, including arson, graffiti and vandalism.
In the report 133 cases of vandalism against Christian sites in 11 countries are documented.
In May 2013 the report states that anti-Christian graffiti was sprayed on the outside wall of a cathedral in Austria. The graffiti read ‘We do not want your crosses’ and included a swastika.
In France the altar of a church was set on fire while in another French church excrement was left on the altar.
In June 2013 when the Salvatorian monastery of Hörbranz in Vorarlberg was raided by two masked gunmen and the monk was held at gunpoint.
Other incidents include a bomb being planted in a Spanish church and a Molotov cocktail being thrown against the door of a church in Italy after it had been renovated.
The Observatory says that it has amassed the data after scouring local media and being contacted by people who have been directly affected.
Dr. Gudrun Kugler, director of the Observatory, said: ‘The increasingly secular society in Europe has less and less space for Christianity.
‘Some governments and players of civil society seek to exclude instead of to accommodate.
‘Countless cases of intolerance against Christians are reported to us.
‘By researching, documenting and publishing these cases we hope to create an awareness which is a first step towards a remedy.’
SOURCE: The Daily Mail