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Vandals attack Chaldean Church in California

The vandalism comes amid a spate of similar incidents at US Catholic churches that has lasted for months

UCA News reporter

UCA News reporter

Published: September 28, 2020 05:54 AM GMT

Updated: September 28, 2020 06:19 AM GMT

Vandals attack Chaldean Church in California

The walls of St. Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, the seat of the Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego, in the US, that vandals attacked on Sept. 25. (Photo: screenshot from a video posted in the Cathedral's Facebook page)

Vandals have attacked a Chaldean Catholic cathedral in California with swastikas, an upside-down cross, and other unconnected messages spray-painted on its doors, making it difficult to decipher motive of the attack.

The attacked St. Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral is the seat of the Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego, an Eastern Catholic diocese of roughly 70,000 Catholics, reported Catholic News Agency.

“This morning our beloved Cathedral was defaced with pentagrams, upside-down crosses, white power, swastikas, BLM, etc. It reminds us to pray for my brethren in Iraq that are facing persecution,” said a Sept. 26 message on the cathedral’s Facebook page.

A video showed several unconnected and opposed symbols and messages spray-painted on the church’s edifice and doors. They included swastikas, “White Power” and “WP,” along with upside-down crosses, “BLM,” standing seemingly for Black Lives Matter,” and “Biden 2020.”

Some symbols were indecipherable, others represented slogans or ideologies not associated with each other, raising questions about what might have motivated the vandalism.

The Chaldean Catholic Church, headquartered in Baghdad, has members in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Syria, and in numerous Western countries. The Church has grown in the US in recent decades amid an influx of refugees and immigrants from the Middle East.

The vandalism comes amid a spate of similar incidents at Catholic churches that has lasted for months. Earlier this week, a man burned pews in an arson attack in a Florida Catholic church, and a man with a baseball bat damaged a crucifix and several doors at a Texas seminary.

Last week a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was destroyed in a Texas cathedral.

Also last week, a parish in Midvale, Utah, saw back to back attacks. St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church had its namesake statue beheaded, followed by burglary on subsequent nights.

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