Assailants set fire to Venezuelan parish

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Vandals broke into Holy Family Parish in Caracas, Venezuela on Jan. 13 and attempted to steal the church’s sound system and collection money. They set fire to building as they left.

Father Miguel Angel Perez, one of two priests in residence at the parish, called the incident “another act of vandalism” and decried the lack of respect for the sacred. “When there is no respect for sacred things, it is evident that we have lost our values,” he said.
 
The fire began before 6 a.m. local time and caused major damage to the altar, roof, bell tower and choir loft, reported the Venezuelan daily El Universal.
 
Firefighters were able to put the fire out by 7:30 a.m. and investigators immediately arrived on the scene to determine how the blaze was started.
 
Fr. Perez said the assailants smashed a collection box at the entrance of the church and tried to steal the parish’s sound system, but they were unable to carry the mixing board out and they left it at the church door. 

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