LEICESTER, United Kingdom – A church in jap England has been vandalized and desecrated with satanic symbols.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth, a city in Norfolk, was attacked on Tuesday night time. Norfolk police on Friday introduced they’ve arrested a 17-year-old in reference to the crime.
CCTV footage confirmed a younger man gentle fires in the church, together with an try to burn an icon from the altar. He then left an image of a Satanist emblem in its place on the altar.
“I was shocked and saddened when I discovered what had happened. When I looked at the altar I saw this picture of something satanic. My immediate thought was to get some holy water and use it with prayer to nullify what the person had done,” stated Father Anthony Nwankwo.
“Our parishioners are shocked and sad about what has happened but I was very encouraged by the number of people who came to Mass this morning in support,” he advised the web site of the Diocese of East Anglia.
Nwankwo stated he was not cancelling Holy Week providers, however that he wouldn’t use the altar or sanctuary till it had been re-consecrated, since “the altar has been desecrated.”
The priest stated that is the second such incident to occur in the church, noting that 4 months in the past a satanic image was left at the foot of a cross in the again of the church.
“It is a clear attack on the church and our religion which is not acceptable. If people do not like what we do here they can just stay away. Such an attack on our church can never succeed,” he stated.
East Anglia Bishop Alan Hopes stated he was “very saddened” that such an incident occurred throughout Holy Week.
“I am hoping it is not a hate crime, but whoever did it needs to know that he is already forgiven because that is part of who we are as Christians, but we pray that this won’t happen again,” he advised the diocesan web site. “Whatever happens, our churches should remain open because they are places where people can find sanctuary and God’s presence, somewhere to pray and bring their concerns to God.”