Our Lady of Fatima statue vandalized in Chino

Suspicious fire at St. Margaret Mary parish

Chino Valley Fire District investigators said a fire that scorched the Virgin Mary statue at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Chino has been deemed suspicious. Chino Police Department officers went to the church at 12686 Central Ave. on the morning of August 30, finding the lower right side of the statue with burn damage. “The investigation revealed that an unknown … [Read more...]

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Junipero Serra statue vandalized in park across from Mission San Fernando

Monument was spray-painted and the word “murder” written on saint's likeness

Several people stopped by a statue of Father Junipero Serra in a park across from Mission San Fernando on Thursday after a photo made the rounds on social media appearing to show the statue had been vandalized. A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word “murder” written on Serra in white. While city officials would not confirm the … [Read more...]

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Stolen items returned to Fresno bishop

A crosier, oil stock and a ritual book -- all used for confirmations -- were stolen out of Bishop Armando Ochoa’s vehicle while he was eating lunch in Los Banos on Sunday, March 12

Religious items stolen from Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno were found and returned to St. Joseph’s Church in Los Banos in good condition on Wednesday. The items – including a crosier, oil stock and ritual book, all used to celebrate confirmations – were stolen out of Ochoa’s vehicle while he was eating lunch in Los Banos on Sunday on the way to … [Read more...]

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Vandalism at West Covina church investigated as possible hate crime

Using black spray paint, suspect defaced statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Christopher at St. Christopher Catholic Church

Police in West Covina are investigating graffiti that was sprayed on two church statues as a possible hate crime. Surveillance video shows someone in black clothing and a mask walking up to St. Christopher Catholic Church, at 629 S. Glendora Ave., just before 4 a.m. Saturday, according to Cpl. Rudy Lopez, spokesman for the West Covina Police Department. Using black spray … [Read more...]

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Ancient relic, believed to be from cross on which Jesus was crucified, stolen from San Francisco parish:

Priest broke the news to parishioners on Sunday

The following comes from an August 21 ABC7 News article by Cornell Barnard: Church leaders are heartbroken and parishioners are praying for the safe return of a relic, which is a prized and sacred possession at Dominic's Catholic Church. The relic is believed to be part of the cross where Christ was crucified. Sunday mass at St. Dominic's Catholic Church is a time for … [Read more...]

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Arson at downtown Santa Rosa church

Four small fires deliberately set around altar St. Rose Catholic Church, no structural damage reported

The following comes from an August 13 CBS SF Bay Area article: Police in Santa Rosa on Friday arrested a suspect in connection with an arson incident that occurred at a church on Thursday. Yovan David Ayon, 34, of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of felony arson and violation of probation, according to police. Firefighters with the Santa Rosa Fire Department … [Read more...]

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Vandals hack down cross above religious retreat

25-foot cross has been at the site since 1975

The following comes from a March 31 Press Enterprise article by Patrick O’Neill: A vandal cut down a cross at a Christian retreat center in Riverside, prompting religious leaders to call it a hate crime. About 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, a neighbor called the Divine Word Retreat Center, near La Sierra and Cypress avenues, wondering if gusting winds and rain the night … [Read more...]

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