- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Spray-painted graffiti found on bricks in front of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul was the latest in a recent wave of vandalism occurring at Catholic churches across Providence.

WJAR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1LyxZI3 ) graffiti was also found at Saint Aldabert’s on Atwells Avenue. Both churches were able to clean the paint before services Sunday morning.

Cathedral parishioner Gregory Langelier called the vandalism a “hate crime” and said he was very saddened that someone would “do something so awful to a house of God.”

A vandal smashed a granite pulpit and stole rosary beads from Our Lady of the Rosary Church less than two weeks ago.

The Diocese of Providence said in a statement that it was very concerned and encouraged church members to be vigilant about safety and security.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, https://www.turnto10.com

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