According to the news published by Catholic News Agency, Boston Police are investigating an arson attack on a statue of the Mary Saturday (July 11) night, the second attack in the U.S. on a statue of the Mary in two days, and during the same weekend in which two Catholic Church fires are being investigated for arson.
Local police confirmed that a statue of the Mary, located outside the Church of St. Peter's Parish, had been set on fire and suffered damage.
The fire at St. Peter's is the latest in a series of fires and acts of vandalism which have struck Catholic churches in the last two days.
On July 10, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced that New York City Police were investigating the vandalization of a statue of Mary at Cathedral Prep School and Seminary in Queens.
Also on Saturday, a fire ravaged the San Gabriel Mission in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a 249-year-old mission founded by St. Junípero Serra.
Federal and local officials are still investigating the cause of the fire at the San Gabriel mission, with no determination yet made.
Also, this weekend, San Diego Police officials said that a fire at Calvary Baptist Church at 12:30 a.m. Sunday (July 12) morning was "suspicious" and was being investigated by the department's Metro Arson Strike Team.
Calvary is a historically African American Church, though its website says it has become a "multi-cultural faith community" in recent years.
The attacks on Catholic churches have been a rise since the death incidence of George Floyd. The incidence gave birth to a campaign called 'Black Live Matters'. Significant Americans, along with people in other countries, have actively participated in the campaign.