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Another statue vandalized in front of a Catholic church in New York

A statue of the Virgin Mary was set on fire early Sunday evening in front of the Immaculate Conception Church of Blessed Mary at 150th St. and Melrose Avenue in the Bronx. Mary’s right hand appears to have been blackened in the brief fire in this photo taken Monday morning. (Photo: courtesy of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Saint Mary)

WINDSOR TERRACE – Another statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized outside a Catholic church in New York City, this time early Sunday night in the Bronx.

At around 6 p.m. Sunday, a woman was seen setting the statue on fire outside the Immaculate Conception Church at Blessed Mary Church at 150th St. and Melrose Avenue.

The act was filmed and broadcast by WABC Channel 7.

“A woman came to put clothes in front of the statue… and set it on fire,” said Father Sean McGillicuddy, parish priest.

He added that passers-by called the fire department, who came and “put it out very quickly.”

Father McGillicuddy said he was driving home from Boston at the time, but two priests were at the rectory talking to the fire department. He was warned by phone while he was still on the road.

“It was very small,” Father McGillicuddy said of the fire, “and there was virtually no damage.”

The police were looking for the assailant. No further information was available Monday morning.

In recent months, several statues have been vandalized outside Roman Catholic churches in New York City.

Last month, for example, a woman was seen on CCTV destroying a statue of the Blessed Mother and one of Saint Thérèse, The Little Flower, outside the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Forest Hills.


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