Multiple Acts of Vandalism at PA Parish Marks 100th Attack on Catholics in North America This Year

A Catholic church community in Westmoreland County is on edge and looking for answers after several acts of vandalism.

Father Sam Lamendola of St. Joseph Parish in Derry said there have been five break-ins at the church since Halloween. It began with broken windows, and then someone got into the church.

Someone toppled statues, broke glass, and knocked candles to the ground, Lamendola said. Police are investigating, but so far they have no solid leads.

Father Lamendola said the church feels violated.

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