A historic Catholic Church in the heart of downtown San Jose was vandalized Sunday morning, hours before congregants gathered to participate in Sunday mass.
Satanic and anti-semitic graffiti spray were scrawled against the church’s outside walls, alongside taunting drawings of a ghoulishly painted smile below two windows and a two-toned colored pentagram.
Church officials from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph confirmed on Tuesday that they are working with police, who are investigating the incident.
“The Diocese of San Jose is aware of the incident and is working with San Jose police to apprehend the culprits,” said spokesperson Liz Sullivan in a statement.
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph — a religious flagship in Santa Clara County — has been home to the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose for more than a hundred years. The church is listed as a historic landmark in California and also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Full story at The San Jose Spotlight.