|Three outdoor church statues in Ohio found vandalized|
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2012 10:17|
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Three statues outside a church in northeast Ohio have been vandalized, including one that was damaged.
The toppled statues outside Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in South Euclid near Cleveland were discovered early Sunday by a priest arriving to say Mass.
A 1,000-pound, life-size statue of the Virgin Mary was knocked over and the nose and veil were chipped. Statues of St. Anthony at different locations on the church property were knocked over but not damaged. One had been bolted down and cemented.
The pastor, Rev. Dave Ireland, tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (bit.ly/R5Vc9v) that he doesn't understand the vandalism and calls it desecration of a sacred place.
The Cleveland Catholic Diocese appealed for help and asked anyone with information to call police.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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