A number of churches across Chile have been attacked and looted amid political demonstrations in the country.
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Surveillance video shows a young man, shirtless and wearing a surgical mask and white gloves, breaking into a church and pouring a jug of clear liquid on several of the wooden pews before setting them on fire.
The fires set at Sacred Heart are the second fire-related damage at a Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Boston in the last month.
Prosecutor Pierre Sennes said in a statement that the volunteer had confessed to the examining magistrate on July 25 to lighting three fires in the cathedral.
Recent weeks have seen acts of vandalism and destruction at Catholic churches across the United States, including arsons, decapitations, and graffiti. In addition to the most recent attacks, in the last two weeks statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary have been attacked in Florida, Tennessee, New York, and Colorado.
A message reading “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits [sic]” was found painted on the church’s parking lot.
Marc Lamparello had tried to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral in April 2019 with four gallons of gasoline, two cans of lighter fluid, and two lighters, but was stopped by security and then arrested.