Vandals Destroy Religious Articles in New Mexico Town

October 15, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 15, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "statues and other religious articles in a community grotto were destroyed by vandals who attacked an open air hilltop shrine in this central New Mexico town. The Villanueva grotto - built in the 1950s by village families - was a place of peace for area Roman Catholics who wanted to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, considered the town patroness, residents say."