Pope John Paul II Statue Graffitied Outside Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton, Alberta

DATE OF OCCURANCE: June 26, 2021

The statue of St. Pope John Paul II outside of the Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton, Alberta was graffitied with red paint hand prints, reports Global News. The red hand prints were also coupled with stuffed animal toys at the base of the statue. The hand prints went from the statue to the Church doors. There was a woman who had been seen at the site of the incident vandalizing the statue. The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton has released a statement on the incident stating that the Holy Rosary Parish is dismayed at the actions that have transpired. The Archbishop of Edmonton, Richard Smith reminded us of the sentiments of St. Pope John Paul II, stating that, “The parishioners of Holy Rosary parish, and the people of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, stand with the Indigenous Peoples in this moment of profound sorrow. . .” (Global News). The Edmonton Police have reviewed this case under the Hate Crimes and Violent Extremism Unit.