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Police investigate swastika-painting vandalism at US cathedral

Police are investigating vandalism at St Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport where someone painted a swastika on the cathedral doors.

Police discovered the vandalism the morning of 4th January. No arrests had been reported in the vandalism as of midday on 7th January.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, who has been on a seven-day retreat with the rest of the US bishops in Mundelein, Illinois, said he only learned of the incident the afternoon of 5th January.

In a statement issued later that day, Bishop Caggiano said: “I am appalled and outraged by this act of vandalism against the mother church of our diocese and this brazen and disgusting display of anti-Semitism, which is morally abhorrent and an affront to our Catholic faith.”

He added, “I am deeply disturbed and outraged that someone would violate the sanctity of our church.”

Bishop Caggiano also reached out to Jews in the Bridgeport area. “My thoughts and prayers are with our Jewish brothers and sisters in the city of Bridgeport and beyond,” he said. “We stand with you and condemn every form of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry wherever it may be found.”

Picture: Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Conn., sings during Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mundelein Seminary at the University of St Mary of the Lake in Illinois, near Chicago, on 3rd January. On 4th January police officers on patrol discovered a swastika painted on the doors of the Cathedral of St Augustine in Bridgeport. In a 5th January statement Bishop Caggiano said: “I am deeply disturbed and outraged that someone would violate the sanctity of our church.” (CNS photo/Bob Roller).