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Source: Orthodox Church in America Court finds “most serious” aggravating factors in Kodiak’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral vandalism KODIAK, AK [Diocese of Alaska Communications] In a dramatic affirmation of the core beliefs of the Orthodox Christian community, Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner ruled yesterday that defendant Arkimedes Garcia acted with “gross religious disrespect” when he vandalized Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral in June.  [See related story.]  Garcia pled guilty to a single consolidated charge of criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class C felony, on October 20, 2015.  In a non-jury trial on October 30, ruling Judge Pfiffner agreed with…

Source: Orthodox Church in America At 8:19 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Archpriest Innocent Dresdow was startled to receive a call from Kodiak Police Dispatch.  Asked to meet police officers at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, he was told not to go into or near the church, as it was “an active crime scene.” “I arrived on scene at 8:25 p.m. and met up with responding officers across the street from the cathedral,” Father Innocent said in the initial report he sent to His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka.  “The lead officer related to me that the cathedral…

Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle Reportage and photographs by Nicholas Manginas [Istanbul, Turkey] On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at noon, a number of young vandals invaded the courtyard and the chapel of Agia Paraskevi, the site of a Sacred Spring (Agiasma), outside the Byzantine walls near the Monastery of Baloukli. For at least five hours, according to the testimony of the church sacristan (neokoros) of forty years, Athanasiou Ozkaramichaloglou, the runaway crowd of youths looted and dishonored the sacred precincts of the Agiasma, disrupting the entire sanctuary, sending sacred vessels and priestly vestments flying to the floor. They also…

Source: Mlive DORR, MI — After his Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church was vandalized for the second time in six months, the Rev. Gregory Hogg was able to find solace in the misdeeds of others. “Because the Bible says that after doing good, we will suffer evil,” Hogg said on Tuesday, May 7, the day he learned that unknown suspects had defaced the church. A parishoner called Hogg, who resides in Byron Center, to tell him the church had been hit again, the pastor said. When he arrived he saw a two upside-down crosses, and spray-painted graffiti that included a…

Source: The Electronic Intifada by Sarah Irving (London) Around the walls of the main gallery at London’s Mosaic Rooms hang images of broken graves, bearing inscriptions in Arabic. On some, the headstones have been smashed to pieces; on others, the covers of tombs have been removed or cracked so that skulls, limb bones and ribcages are visible. This is the destruction left by one of several incidents of vandalism at the Christian Palestinian cemetery in Lod in present-day Israel. This was once the important Palestinian city of al-Lydd, birthplace of the late Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader George Habash and the…

Source: StarTribune Article by: Associated Press JERUSALEM – Vandals have spray-painted “Death to Christianity” and “Jesus, son of a whore” on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem. The overnight attack on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series of vandalisms of Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to Israel’s settlement movement are suspected. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the vandals also sprayed “price tag” on the monastery’s outer wall — a form of retribution settlers and their sympathizers use in retaliation for acts they consider to be pro-Palestinian. Extremists have carried out similar “price…

Source: Trend Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Turkey is closely monitoring increasing attacks of Israeli extremists against sacred sites of Muslims and Christians. Vandals damaged the door of St. George Romanian Orthodox church and tossed garbage at its entrance. A tiny fringe group of pro-settler extremists are suspected in the vandalism. They have conducted similar attacks on churches, mosques and Israeli army property. The statement said Turkey strongly condemns any attack against sacred sites belonging to any religion or belief. The statement also noted that Turkey has called on Israeli authorities to take effective measures to prevent…

Source: Orthodox Church in America UNALASKA, AK [OCA] Graffiti sprayed on the historic Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral here in late April 2012 has “sparked outrage,” reported the Alaska Dispatch. While the words “Dutch” and “Duncha,” written in a childish scrawl in gray spray paint, were quickly removed, the painful emotions among parishioners and other local residents lingers. “I was very upset and hurt,” Vince Tutiakoff, parish committee president, told Dispatch reporters. “This is the first time in all my years that someone has ever desecrated the church.” He and four other men removed the graffiti. The stately Russian-Colonial…

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