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Vandalized cemetery re-consecrated by Bishop Barron

After the Cavalry Cemetery in Rochester Minnesota was vandalized with satanic and vulgar graffiti on Halloween night, the cemetery has been reconsecrated by Bishop Robert Barron of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. The vandals had covered the cemetery’s five memorial walls with brown and blue graffiti and also vandalized a cross, a statue of Christ, and two grave markers with graffiti. It has been estimated that cost for repair and cleanup could be as much as $8,000. A number of Catholic seminarians and laity joined Bishop Barron for the reconsecration. A YouTube video in Bishop Barron’s channel shows the rites that were involved in reconsecrating the cemetery.

National Catholic Register reports:

Bishop Robert Barron of Rochester, Minnesota, has reconsecrated the diocese’s Calvary Cemetery after one or more vandals damaged the grounds with obscene and satanic graffiti.

“Halloween night, this place was desecrated with some really obscene graffiti,” he said ahead of the ceremony Nov. 11. “Even the name of Satan invoked. I found that outrageous.”

Five memorial walls in the cemetery were heavily covered with blue and brown graffiti, the Diocese of Rochester reported. Two grave markers, a statue of Christ, and a cross were covered in graffiti. The cleanup and repair costs could go as high as $8,000.

Photos of the graffiti show vulgar messages and the words “In Satan we trust.” According to KMT3 News, the vandals have not yet been identified.

Bishop Barron’s reconsecration was joined by many Catholic laity and seminarians

“Thanks to the crew here who did a really marvelous job cleaning up,” Bishop Barron said at the cemetery. “But I think we need to do some spiritual cleaning as well to restore this place, which is meant to be a place of peace and prayer where we honor those who lie here.”

A video posted to Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel Nov. 12 shows him conducting the rite for reconsecrating a profaned cemetery. It included praying the litany of the saints, a reading of Psalm 50, and the sprinkling of holy water across the grounds of the cemetery, especially those places where the deceased were profaned.

He prayed that God “deign to purify and to reconcile this resting place of your pilgrims, who look for a haven in the heavenly kingdom.

“May you finally awaken the bodies of those who are, or will be buried here, by the power and glory of your resurrection, to incorruptible glory.

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