In the latest in a sudden rash of vandalism attacks at churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn, black spray-painted graffiti was found on the exterior of Immaculate Conception Church on June 8.
In what has emerged as the second act of vandalism in three days in the Diocese of Brooklyn, church officials are calling on the NYPD to increase its patrols around churches in Brooklyn and Queens in response to what they’re calling “a pattern of hate crimes against Catholics.”
The NYPD launched an investigation Wednesday into the vandalism of a statue that memorialized Polish priest and martyr, Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, who was murdered in 1984 due to his work within Poland’s Solidarity movement.
Lucy Moriarty, a second-grader at Good Shepherd Catholic Academy, wanted to do something when she heard a statue at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church was vandalized.
The Knights of Columbus has donated $10,000 to the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace in the wake of an act of vandalism in which a man toppled a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe and threw it to the sidewalk.
Police are asking for the public’s help in catching the vandal who threw a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the ground outside the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace in Coney Island, Sept. 11.
As Christians, we need to recognize that racism is probably the most absolute negation of Jesus Christ’s message of love within our society. However, the attacks against churches can’t be dismissed as mere random occurrences, as they have been portrayed in the media. Catholics, may wonder what the vandals are trying to tell you when they tear down a statue of St. Junípero or even Jesus Christ.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Bayside and its parish school were vandalized on Saturday evening, Jan. 11 by someone who spray painted the name of MS-13, an international street gang, by the main entrances of both the school and church, according to the church’s Facebook page.
The vandalism, which caused more than $10,000 in damages, was part a spate of crimes at Catholic churches in northern Brooklyn and southern Queens this past summer, raising the already pressing issue of how churches in the all-urban Diocese of Brooklyn can protect their buildings and property.
Police arrested 69-year-old Nasra Alnadrahi at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on charges of cemetery desecration and criminal mischief connected to incidents at Shrine Church of St. Gerard Majella over the last few weeks.