Statue of Virgin Mary set on fire outside Boston church

Statue of Virgin Mary set on fire outside Boston church
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Boston police are investigating after a statue of the Virgin Mary was apparently set on fire outside of a church in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Police responded to a reported fire outside of St. Peter Parish on Bowdoin Street around 10 p.m. Saturday, where they found the burned statue.

Fire investigators say it appears someone set fire to plastic flowers that were in the hands of the statue, which caused the face and upper body of the statue to be burned.

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The charred statue startled parishioners on Sunday, with one man saying he was “very disturbed” by the incident.

“This is ridiculous,” a woman added. “This needs to stop.”

Pastor John Currie says it was a lot for him to take in, as well.

“I was shocked,” he said. “Shocked.”

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