Church's nativity scene vandalized

Dec. 27, 2012 at 7:49 AM

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Officials at a Catholic church in Southern California said individuals vandalized the church's Nativity scene by drawing on the figures with a marker.

St. Bonaventure Catholic Parish's business manager, Nancy Cesar, said the damage was discovered around 6:30 a.m. Sunday and included drawings of 666, swastika, "Heil Hitler" and phallic symbols.

"Oh my gosh, it was so devastating and hurtful, I would say," Cesar said.

Cesar said church employees of the Huntington Beach church were able to wash most of the writing off and the figure of baby Jesus was not harmed as it isn't displayed until Christmas Eve per tradition.

The Los Angeles Times said a Nativity display at a home in the same town was also vandalized.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Islamic State militants repelled in counter-attack on Ramadi university
Jon Stewart, Obama held secret meetings at White House
Rep. Mark Meadows seeks ouster of John Boehner as speaker
Afghan Taliban top commander Mullah Omar died two years ago
Cameroon to deploy 2,000 extra troops for fight against Boko Haram