Police are investigating a report of attempted arson at the Pierrot Catholic church in Vieux Fort about noon on Sunday.
The police have arrested a man from Aupicon, Vieux Fort in connection with the incident.
The man is alleged to have set a statue outside the church ablaze by throwing a home made incendiary device at it.
The fire died out shortly afterwards.
The suspect is later reported to have been held by churchgoers as he entered the place of worship.
He is reported to have had another home made incendiary device, described as a ‘bottle bomb’, in his possession at the time.
The suspect was later handed over to the police.