CNA Workers, Dec 16, 2020 / 12:50 am MT (CNA).- The Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, final weekend unveiled a brand new statue of the Blessed Mom, after a earlier statue was destroyed greater than two months in the past.
A brand new statue of Our Woman of Guadalupe was devoted on Dec. 12 within the grotto outdoors of the Church of Our Woman of Solace in Coney Island.
Greater than 100 parishioners joined the dedication, which occurred on the Feast of Our Woman of Guadalupe. Auxiliary Bishop Neil Tiedemann of Brooklyn led the ceremony, which included a musical efficiency by a mariachi band.
The statue was put in by a number of church members, and the grotto was embellished with white and pink roses by parishioners.
It changed an identical statue, which was destroyed after a person in September climbed the fence in entrance of the church, toppled the monument, after which tossed the statue onto the sidewalk, based on information experiences. A month following the incident, a suspect was arrested and charged with prison mischief.
The Knights of Columbus donated $10,000 to switch the vandalized statue. The parish has been struggling financially for the reason that coronavirus pandemic has decreased tithing, WLNY reported.
“The desecration of our Catholic statues and church buildings is a grievous crime in opposition to all individuals who worth spiritual freedom,” stated Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight.
“Along with Pope Francis, our bishops and trustworthy all over the place, we stand in opposition to violence, hatred and bigotry.”
Vandalism circumstances at Catholic church buildings have been on the rise not too long ago all through the USA, with dozens of incidents this 12 months.
A 30-year-old man was arrested after he reportedly walked into St. Patrick Cathedral in El Paso Sept. 15 and proceeded to smash an almost 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus that was displayed behind the altar.
A 23-year-old man was arrested for vandalizing the Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary Catholic Church in Tioga, La., Sept. 11. For over two hours, the person reportedly vandalized the church, breaking no less than six home windows, beating a number of steel doorways, and destroying quite a few statues across the parish grounds.
On July 10, a statue of the Virgin Mary at Cathedral Prep Faculty and Seminary in Queens, New York, was defaced by graffiti. Safety footage reveals a person approaching the 100-year-old statue shortly after 3 a.m. Friday morning and daubing the phrase “IDOL” down its size.
Picture credit score: New statue of Our Woman of Guadalupe on the Church of Our Woman of Solace, courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn (by way of CNA)