“We have risen from the ashes”

New Hacienda Heights church replaces one destroyed in 2011 arson fire; site for 90th parish in Fresno diocese blessed June 22 in Clovis

Hacienda Heights, California - More than seven years after St. John Vianney Catholic Church burned down at the hands of an arsonist, it has arisen like Lazarus. The new parish, 1345 Turnbull Canyon Road, Hacienda Heights, was dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jun 23. Archbishop José H. Gomez presided over the service to dedicate the new parish with Monsignor Timothy Nichols, … [Read more...]

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Arrest made in Southern California church fires, vandalism

Most recent arson fires occurred at Resurrection Catholic Church in Los Angeles on Jan. 25 and the Church of the Angels in Pasadena on Jan. 13

A 25-year-old man accused of setting fires at churches around Southern California was charged this week with multiple felony counts. Christian Michael Garcia faces 20 felony counts: 13 counts of vandalism of religious property, three counts of arson of a structure, two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count each of attempted second-degree robbery and arson … [Read more...]

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Fire at Catholic church in Los Angeles investigated as suspicious

It took 62 firefighters nearly half and hour to douse flames at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights, investigators found vandalism afterwards

Fire officials are investigating whether a fire ignited at a Boyle Heights church early Thursday morning was an incidence of arson, and looking into whether it could be connected to other recent incidents. Firefighters first responded to the flames that broke out at Resurrection Catholic Church on the 3300 block of East Opal Street just after 2 a.m., said Capt. Erik Scott with … [Read more...]

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Vandalism at Pasadena church follows a recent pattern

Multiple churches affected since late 2016, vandals leave similar graffiti each time

Graffiti spray-painted at a 129-year-old Pasadena church that was set on fire last week resembled messages left on several other churches that were vandalized in recent months. Vandals broke into Church of the Angels — an Episcopal church on Avenue 64 that was built in 1889 — before sunrise Jan. 13 and lit a fire in the sanctuary. Using green spray paint, they wrote "Jehovah" … [Read more...]

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Vandals hit 129-year-old Episcopal church in West Pasadena

Church suffered major damage and the loss of at least one significant historical statue after a vandal or vandals broke in early Saturday morning, spray painted graffiti, destroyed property and set fire to the structure

A 129-year-old, strikingly beautiful West Pasadena church suffered major damage and the loss of at least one significant historical statue after a vandal or vandals broke in early Saturday morning, spray painted graffiti, destroyed property and set fire to the structure. Although the fire was quickly extinguished by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, the Church of the … [Read more...]

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“What heart do you have that could do this?”

Vandal defaces statues of Mary, three Fatima children and a lamb at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Hayward, third time in three years statues have been damaged

A disturbing scene was recently found outside a church in Hayward where statues of children were found beheaded. For 60 years those who attend St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Hayward have passed by a group of statues out front depicting Mary’s appearance to the children of Fatima. A few weeks ago, a vandal defaced the statues, breaking off Mary’s hands and the heads of the … [Read more...]

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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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