WINDSOR TERRACE — Another statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized outside a Catholic Church in New York City, this time early Sunday evening in the Bronx.
At about 6 p.m. Sunday, a woman was seen setting fire to the statue outside the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mary Church, at 150th St. and Melrose Avenue.
The act was caught on video and broadcast by WABC Channel 7.
“A woman came and put some clothing in front of the statue … and set it on fire,” said Father Sean McGillicuddy, pastor of the parish.
He added that bystanders called the fire department, who came and “very quickly put it out.”
Father McGillicuddy said he was driving home from Boston at the time, but two priests were at the rectory and spoke with firefighters. He was notified by phone while still on the road.
“It was very small,” Father McGillicuddy said of the blaze, “and there was hardly any damage done.”
Police were searching for the perpetrator. No other information was available as of Monday morning.
In recent months, several statues have been vandalized outside Roman Catholic Churches in New York City.
Last month, for example, a woman was seen on surveillance video destroying a statue of the Blessed Mother and one of St. Therese, The Little Flower, outside Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills.