Doctrines of Devils, False Religions and Practices, Idols of Plaster and Stone: Man, 38, destroys Virgin Mary shrine in Mexico because ‘his prayer for a miracle was not answered’
A parishioner identified as Juan wrecked a Virgin Mary religious embroidered artwork that was covered by a glass case at a church in Mexico
The suspect, identified by Guadalajara police as Jorge, threw two rocks and broke the glass protecting Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint
The 38-year-old man told the police he vandalized the shrine at the Guadalajara Cathedral because a previous prayer for a miracle had gone unanswered
The second stone left a gaping hole on the shrine, which is now covered by a tarp
The 38-year-old man was arrested by cops near the church. He is currently being held by the Guadalajara Public Ministry
PUBLISHED: 17:31 EST, 26 February 2020 | UPDATED: 17:31 EST, 26 February 2020
This is the disturbing moment a parishioner destroyed a Virgin Mary shrine at a church in western Mexico after his alleged prayer for a miracle was not answered.
The shocking incident took place Monday morning at the Guadalajara Cathedral in Guadalajara, Jalisco, after a fellow churchgoer had finished praying.
A church surveillance camera recorded the moment the man, identified by the Guadalajara police as Jorge, 38, placed a backpack on the floor next to a column and pulled out two stones as the woman walked away from the altar area next to a set of candles.
Jorge subsequently stepped toward the glass case protecting the religious artwork embroidered in a cloth that honored Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint, and tossed two rocks at it.
The first blow shattered the upper portion of the display case.
The second stone cracked the bottom part of the glass and broke the religious artwork.
Fellow worshipers alerted a police unit, which arrested Jorge outside the church while attempting to escape and placed him in custody of the Guadalajara Public Ministry.
Mexican outlets reported that Jorge addressed his miracle prayer wish to Our Lady of Guadalupe several months ago before returning this week to carry out the vengeful attack. The church staff placed a tarp over its destroyed shrine. Damages were estimated at $130.