PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are searching for suspects after several churches in Providence were vandalized with spray paint early Friday morning.
In the capital city of the most Catholic state, parishes were tagged with scrawlings on walkways in front of church buildings. On the steps from the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the words “JESUS IS FALSE GOD” are written on what the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says is part of the city-owned plaza.
On a nearby stone post, the number 611.
Over at Holy Ghost on Atwells Avenue, orange graffiti has been scrubbed away at the foot of the steps. Further up the road at St. Adalbert’s, the words “FALSE god!” were scrubbed from the sidewalk, but still visible.
Eyewitness News also found 611 and “Flat Earth Proof” marring the World War II Memorial near Superior Court.
The diocese released the following statement Friday:
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is very concerned about the recent acts of vandalism near some of our churches. The Church has full confidence that authorities will do a thorough investigation. We continue to encourage members of the Catholic Church to remain very vigilant about safety and security in light of the dangerous times in which we are living.”
A stone pulpit was smashed at Our Lady of the Rosary in Fox Point two weekends ago. Police confirm they have a person, or persons, of interest in that case.