Continuing the long string of attacks against Catholic Churches, two 84-year old religious statues were smashed to pieces in an act of vandalism outside of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Queens, New York on Saturday.
The Virgin Mary and St. Thérèse of Lisieux statues, which are beyond repair, have sat in front of Our Lady of Mercy since its opening in 1937. Around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, a woman dragged the statues into the street, where she proceeded to bash the statues with a hammer until they shattered into pieces. The attack comes three days after the same woman knocked each statue off its pedestal, according to the Diocese of Brooklyn.
“I don’t know if it’s just a general anti-religion sentiment or just people who aren’t well who have some kind of vendetta against churches,” Father Frank Schwarz, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, said in a statement.
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