Keningau, Malaysia – Church Vandal Forgiven
A diocese in Malaysia has forgiven a churchgoer, said to be mentally ill, for vandalizing its main church.
The 34-year-old man vandalized a cross, a statue of the Virgin Mary and parts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Keningau diocese, in Sabah state on July 7.
In the photos published by the diocese, partially broken statues can be seen lying on the floor.
Keningau district police detained the man, who is allegedly mentally ill, after he was handed over by his mother.
In a press conference on July 8 broadcast live on the diocese’s Facebook page, parish administrator Nancy Nelly Jones said the perpetrator walked from his house wearing a helmet then entered the church and carried out the vandalism.
She said they were collecting evidence and were going to file a report with the police when the man’s mother went to the church and said the culprit was her son.