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Church altar rededicated after arson and devil hate crime attack 

4th June 2018
Anthony Carroll reports

 
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The rededication service at St Mary's Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brian Lafferty
 



A church altar has been rededicated after it was desecrated during what police called a hate crime attack

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The rededication service at St Mary's Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brian Lafferty
 



The rededication at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth was performed by the Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Hopes
 
It follows an incident on March 29 in which a male lit several small fires in the church in Regent Road and attempted to burn a sacred icon from the altar
 
MORE: church desecrated in hate crime incident


He left a depiction of the devil in its place, in what police had described as a hate crime

Parish priest, Father Anthony Nwankwo, thanked Bishop Alan for attending and conducting what he called a beautiful mass
 
 He also thanked everyone for their support both in the immediate aftermath and ongoing since the incident
 
Father Alex Ibe, from St Peter’s Church in Gorleston, also took part in the mass
 
this article previously appeared on the Yarmouth Mercury website and is reproduced with permission