Teenage ‘devil worshipper’ desecrates veil ‘touched by Jesus’
The culprit hid in the church on Saturday night in order to carry out the vandalism, sources told local media, based on security camera footage.
When it was reopened on Sunday morning by a caretaker and chaplain, they discovered crosses inverted and 666, a number associated with the manifestation of Satan, etched onto a glass case containing a relic known as the “Veil of Veronica.”
Este año he estado más cerca que nunca. Incluso he tenido la oportunidad de tocar la sagrada reliquia. ❤️🌹 Enguany he estat més prop que mai. Inclús he tingut l'oportunitat de tocar la sagrada relíquia. ❤️🌹 This year I've been closer than ever. I even had the opportunity to touch the sacred relic. ❤️🌹 #santafaz #santafaz2017 #alacant #alicante #fazdivina #sagradareliquia #sacredrelic #tvhost #reportaje #reportage #journalist #periodista #diagrande #mascercaquenunca
It is not known if the vandal attempted to open the case to damage the piece of cloth, believed to contain an image of Jesus’ face after it was used to wipe his sweat and blood on the way to his crucifixion in Calvary.
A 17-year-old is reported to have been arrested over the incident.
Jesús Murgui, the bishop of Orihuela-Alicante, said in a statement that they are praying for the culprit and asked that “the deplorable circumstances not be to the detriment of the love and the devotion that we feel toward this age-old relic of the Holy Face.”
Monseñor Jesús Murgui, Obispo de la diócesis Orihuela-Alicante eleva bajo la lluvia la reliquia de la Santa Faz y realiza la bendición antes de volver a guardar el icono en el templo. Llovía demasiado y la reliquia corría peligro. De todos modos he podido estar muy cerca, he tenido mucha suerte. 🌹❤️ Monsenyor Jesús Murgui, Bisbe de la diòcesi Orihuela-Alicante eleva davall la pluja la relíquia de la Santa Faç i realitza la benedicció abans de tornar a guardar la icona en el temple. Plovia massa i la relíquia corria perill. De totes maneres he pogut estar molt prop, he tingut molta sort. 🌹❤️ Bishop Jesús Murgui, Bishop of the diocese Orihuela-Alicante raises the relic of the Holy Face in the rain and performs the blessing before returning the icon to the temple. It was raining heavily and the relic was in danger. Anyway I have been very close, I have been very lucky. 🌹❤️ #santafaz #santafaz2017 #alacant #alicante #fazdivina #sagradareliquia #sacredrelic #tvhost #reportaje #reportage #journalist #periodista #diagrande #mascercaquenunca
The church is a popular destination for pilgrims on the second Thursday after Easter Sunday in particular, when over 200,000 people make the 7.5km walk from San Nicolas Cathedral to the Monasterio de la Santa Faz, which translates as the ‘Monastery of the Holy Face.’