Vandals target Old Mission Santa Barbara again

Deface pillars with 3-foot-high graffiti, splatter paint on front door and walkway; statue of St. Junipero Serra removed last year after someone poured red paint over it and cut off its head

Vandals caused more than $25,000 in damage to the Old Mission Santa Barbara overnight, scrawling “rape” on several pillars and misspelling the word “genocide” with red paint on the stone front of the historic building. At least one vandal broke a small window and splattered red paint on the front door and the walkway leading up to the church. The person also wrote “never … [Read more...]

Suspect arrested in vandalism, arson at St. Charles Borromeo Church

investigators pulled security camera footage from buildings surrounding the church

Los Angeles police said this week they arrested a man they believe set three fires inside St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood and a fourth just outside the church’s doors last week that caused extensive damage to the iconic building. In a written statement, officials said 58-year-old Russel Congleton was arrested on Monday by a task force of LAPD investigators. The … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Pro-life organization becomes target of vandalism, theft

Posters put up around Bakersfield by Right to Life of Kern County were slashed, broken and stolen

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One local pro-life organization was the recent target of vandalism and theft. The pro-life advocacy and education organization, Right to Life of Kern County, is picking up the pieces after their banners around town were found slashed, broken and a third was stolen. Marylee Shrider, a representative from Right to Life, said the group recently … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Bothered by Babies

California Catholic Daily exclusive: Pro-Life billboard vandalized in San Francisco

One of the most visible efforts against abortion in the country are the billboards sponsored by ProLife Across America. The billboard campaign, begun in 1989, presents a message of hope in cities and towns all across the country. Mary Ann Kuharski, President of ProLife Across America told CalCatholic: “Last year ProLife Across America sponsored over over 8750 Billboards in … [Read more...]

Vandals target largest Catholic church in Los Angeles

Demonic symbols were painted on the doors, statues and signs

The following comes from a November 30 NBC4 story by Conan Nolan and Jason Kandel: Vandals targeted a Roman Catholic church in Lynwood, painting demonic symbols on the doors, statues and signs. The vandals struck overnight Saturday or early Sunday morning at St. Emydius Church, at 10900 California Ave. "It's unacceptable," said Lynwood Mayor Jose Luis Solache. "We will … [Read more...]

Satanic remarks cover Catholic school

Students told not to come to classes after vandalism was discovered

The following comes from a June 16 NBC Los Angeles story by Irene Moore and Kim Baldonado: Catholic schoolchildren at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Covina were told not to come to school Tuesday, just days before the end of the school year, after someone vandalized their campus. School employees were met with graffiti-covered walls outside several classrooms. … [Read more...]