Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Statues of Mary, Joseph Vandalized at Ill. Church; Vandals Knock Over Statue of Jesus, Egg Manger

Police in a Chicago suburb are investigating today (December 9, 2014) an act of vandalism at a Catholic church in which the heads were removed from statues of Mary and Joseph in a convent garden, according to the Reuters website.

The destruction was discovered on December 7, while parishioners at St. Odilo in Berwyn -- a largely Hispanic suburb of Chicago -- were gathering to mark the upcoming feast on December 12 of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said Pastor Anthony Brankin.

Our Lady of Guadalupe -- a depiction of the Virgin Mary -- holds significance for Hispanic Catholics because of reported apparitions in Mexico in 1531.

Besides removing the heads, the vandals also knocked over a statue of Jesus and egged a nativity scene in front of the church, Brankin said.

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