CWN - The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor in Israel was desecrated during the night on October 24.

Thieves entered the church, broke open the tabernacle, scattered the Blessed Sacrament on the floor, damaged icons and statues, and stole chalices and some money.

“Seeing the damage was really a cause of pain and sorrow,” said Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem. “An official act of reparation will be held in the coming weeks. This will confirm our love for the place, our sense of the sacred and devotion to Our Lady.”

“Although the incident took place at the end of Sukkot celebrations, I don’t think it is sectarian in nature,” the prelate added. “It is more likely a case of petty crime.”