- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Churches in Pomona Valley, California, are dealing with multiple acts of vandalism against statues and a stained glass window of the Virgin Mary.

A statue of Mary that stood for five decades outside Saint Margaret Mary’s Church in Chino was beheaded March 30 in what appears to be a series of connected crimes.

A stained glass window of Jesus Christ’s mother was smashed with a huge rock last month, in addition to statues being destroyed at Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Church roughly three miles away.

Marianne Hacker, a pastoral administrator at Saint Margaret Mary’s Church, told a local CBS affiliate that a sledgehammer appears to have been used to “make a statement.”

Surveillance footage from the Our Lady Lourdes Catholic vandalism captured a man hitting two statues with a sledgehammer.

“We’re always willing to forgive, and we’re always willing to help if there’s anger,” she told the station Tuesday.

The church will divert some funds meant for renovations to the purchase of added security cameras.

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