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Christian statues destroyed outside NYC Catholic church

For close to nine decades, a statue stood tall in front of Our Lady of Mercy parish in Forest Hills, New York. But this past weekend, police released shocking surveillance footage of a woman deliberately toppling, smashing and destroying the 84-year-old religious statue and another statue outside the Queens church.


Local news reports indicate that the video shows the woman rocking the statue in front of the parish facility until it fell over about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

The suspect then dragged the statue out into the driveway and continued to smash it with a hammer. The woman also toppled another statue during the attack on Kessel Street near 70th Avenue, police said.

In a post on Facebook, the diocese assured that its faithful “continue to pray that in the face of attacks on our churches, hearts will convert to faith in Jesus Christ.”


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