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Vandals desecrated the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado, with satanic messages shortly before Mass on Sunday morning.

According to local ABC affiliate Denver7, the cathedral’s brass front door and stone pillars were found with messages mocking Jesus, defaming Catholic priests as “child rapists” and claiming “the devil lives here”. was distorted from.

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in an explicit context of the phrase that spread rapidly On social media after gay marriage was legalized in 2015, a nearby statue of Pope John Paul II was inscribed with “Victory to Love”.

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A priest reportedly told Denver 7 reporter Patrick Perez that a witness gave a statement to police.

cathedral faced basilica similar brutality During protests in the county following the death of George Floyd in 2020. John Episcopal Church, the parish house in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, was set on fire over the same weekend, with messages such as “There is no God” and “God is dead” spray-painted on church property.

The church did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), At least 97 acts of vandalism There have been protests against Roman Catholic churches in 29 states since May 2020.

In July 2020, Archbishop Thomas Weinsky of Miami and Paul Cockley of Oklahoma City issued a statement warning what they believe to be rising barbarism signals about the spiritual health of society.

The archbishop said, “Whether the perpetrators of these acts are disturbed individuals shouting for help or hate agents to intimidate, the attacks are a sign of a society that needs healing.”

“In events where human actions are clear, the purposes are still not. As we strive to understand the destruction of these sacred symbols of selfless love and devotion, we pray for those who have done it, and we Be mindful of more of it,” he added.