In Dearborn Michigan Church Prays for Vandals

September 5, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

On September 5, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "parishioners at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Catholic Church have offered nothing but prayers for the three people charged with causing an estimated $200,000 in damages to their sanctuary... Statues were broken. Fire extinguishers were sprayed everywhere. A cross was turned upside down. Jesus’ face on a banner was given a spray-painted beard. Air conditioning equipment controls were destroyed. And the worst of it all: One of the suspects confessed to urinating in the baptismal font, police said... Today, like every day since the Aug. 31 break-in, members of the 1,200-family parish will include the teens in their Sunday prayers, while trying to move forward from the horrors of the destruction."