Woman smashes statues in New York Catholic church

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Continuing the long series of attacks on Catholic churches, two 84-year-old religious statues were torn to pieces in an act of vandalism outside Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Queens, New York on Saturday .

The irreparable statues of the Virgin Mary and of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux have been sitting in front of Our Lady of Mercy since it opened in 1937. At around 3:30 am on Saturday, a woman dragged the statues into the street, where she began to walk. hit the statues with a hammer until they shatter into pieces. The attack comes three days after the same woman toppled each statue from its pedestal, according to in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

“I don’t know if it’s just general anti-religion sentiment or just bad people having some sort of vendetta against churches,” said Father Frank Schwarz, pastor of the Roman Catholic Church. Our Lady of Mercy, in a statement.

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the suspect and her motives for the attack, which Fr. Schwarz Noted were obvious.

“She deliberately went to destroy these things. It was not enough then to switch. She had a rage. She stomped on it and spat on it, ”Schwarz said.

Thursday, the police stopped a man who vandalized a historically black church on Staten Island. Just a few weeks ago in Brooklyn, a crucifix was reversed at the Saint-Athanase Roman Catholic Church. In June, a thief has stolen an expensive monstrance from a Catholic church in the Bronx. Anti-Christian crime is not just in New York and after the widespread burning of churches in Canada, mass vandalism, shattered windows and statues, and the like. at least 67 anti-Catholic attacks around the world, the desecration of two other statues is not surprising.

CBS New York reported that despite the horrific act that left parishioners cleaning up the dismantled statues, the congregation left signs around the church that said, “Please pray for whoever did this.



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