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Historic California church vandalized

May 09, 2012

Shattering windows and spray-painting statues and other areas of the church, vandals have caused extensive damage to Holy Cross Parish in Santa Cruz.

Founded in 1791, Mission Santa Cruz was one of the 21 Franciscan missions founded by Blessed Junipero Serra and his fellow friars. The present parish church dates from 1889.

Among the items damaged was a baptismal font brought to the area in the late eighteenth century by Blessed Serra.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 09, 2012 4:30 PM ET USA

    Authorities are trying to determine IF a hate crime has been committed. IF? Seriously.