Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 24 September |
The Blessed Virgin Mary—Our Lady of Walsingham

Shock: San Bernardino Church Vandalized with Satanic, Nazi Symbols

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/08/16

It happened at Our Lady of Hope parish. Details:

Sal Vasquez said he wasn’t surprised the church and it’s buildings were vandalized, since it has happened in the past. What surprised and upset him was the nature of the symbols spray-painted on the walls – and that they disturbed a funeral service Friday morning, Jan. 8, for a parish member. “(The deceased’s family) is feeling enough pain today,” said Vasquez, the church’s maintenance worker. Vasquez said he believes the church is commonly targeted because it has few resources to recover from vandalism. “This is a very poor church, and they know that,” Vasquez said. Pentagrams were drawn on the church itself and swastikas and inverted crosses were drawn across the street at the church’s designated food pantry. Before the funeral service began, Vasquez covered the pentagrams on the church. One was drawn on the church’s front door.

Read on. 

Photo: Stan Lim / The Press Enterprise

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SLEEPING
Cecilia Pigg
7 Ways the saints can help you sleep better at night
2
OUR LADY
Philip Kosloski
An alternative Hail Mary to Our Lady of Sorrows
3
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
4
PRAY
Philip Kosloski
Pray this Psalm when you successfully recover from an illness
5
Tolkien
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
6
ANMOL RODRIGUEZ
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
7
CHILDREN, PRAY, ROSARY
Aid to the Church in Need
What happens when a million children pray the Rosary?
See More