Fairfax Co. church grotto vandalized

A Fairfax County, Virginia, church said its grotto was vandalized and several statues were destroyed Tuesday night.

Nativity Catholic Church in Burke said the statues, which include that of the Virgin Mary, are irreparably damaged and will be removed.

“We will work to replace them,” the Rev. Bob Cilinski, the church pastor, said in a letter to parishioners. Below is a photo of the grotto taken earlier this month.

“The destruction of property and disrespect to our Catholic community is alarming because, at its core, it makes people feel unsafe,” Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay said.

Police are investigating what happened. Anyone who has information should call police at 703-691-2131.

“The grotto is a place of prayer, peace, and healing. We pray for the person or persons who desecrated this sacred space and for peace in our world and the end of violence,” the church added.

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Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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