Vandals Are Now Targeting Statues of Catholic Saints

By NTK Staff | 09.15.2017 @4:27pm
Vandals Are Now Targeting Statues of Catholic Saints

Vandals beheaded a statue of St. Junipero Serra, who helped bring Christianity to Native Americans.

Vandals in Santa Barbara, California beheaded and splashed red paint onto a statue of St. Junipero Serra this weekend in another attack on the cultural heritage of the United States.

According to Edhat, a local publication in Santa Barbara that reported on the incident, this isn’t the first time that vandals have attacked the statue.

Two years ago, just days after Serra was raised to sainthood, vandals toppled statues and painted “Saint of Genocide” on a headstone at the Carmel Mission where remains of the missionary are buried.

Last November, red paint was splashed across the front door of Mission Santa Cruz.

And just last month, another statue of Serra was vandalized in Mission Hills across from the San Fernando Mission. The statue’s hands were painted red with murder written on the monument, reports the LA Times.

Pope John Paul II had beatified the Saint for his work to bring Christianity to Native Americans, along with his efforts to protect Native Americans. Pope Francis canonized his sainthood in 2015.

One of California’s statues in the U.S. Capitol is a depiction of Serra.

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