NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus has donated $10,000 to Our Lady of Solace Church in Brooklyn to help the parish recover from vandalism that occurred earlier this month.
K of C Supreme Knight Carl Anderson directed the gift in solidarity with the Brooklyn church after parishioners were stunned by the desecration of a beloved statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
"The desecration of our Catholic statues and churches is a grievous crime against all people who value religious freedom," Anderson said. "Together with Pope Francis, our bishops and faithful everywhere, we stand against violence, hatred and bigotry."
The Rev. Javier Flores, the parish administrator, described the Knights' gift as "overwhelming," and said the goal is to have a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in place by her feast day on Dec. 12.
A security camera captured the Sept. 11 assault on the statue at Our Lady of Solace in Brooklyn's Coney Island. The base of the statue was damaged along with the face, hands and veil on the figure of the Virgin Mary. The New York City Police Department is offering a reward of $2,500 for any information about the culprit.
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