Vandals deface Catholic church on Ash Wednesday

| February 26, 2012

A Catholic church in Union City was defaced on Ash Wednesday with spray-painted pentagrams and messages about Satan, vandalism that is being investigated as a hate crime, police said.

Vandals knocked down a wooden cross outside St. Anne's Church at Cabello and Dyer streets and used black spray paint to deface a statue and write on the church's exterior walls, police said Thursday.

"Satan," "Carpe noctem" and a pentagram were drawn on the walls, and spray paint covered the faces of a statue of Mary and Joseph, police said. Carpe noctem is Latin for "seize the night."

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