Farroupilha – Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Monday, 01/04/2016, Gaudium Press) On the morning of January 3, 2016, unknown individuals put a bomb in the renowned shrine of Our Lady of Caravaggio, located in the city of Farroupilha in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Just recently a new Image of Our Lady of Caravaggio was introduced in the sanctuary.
The attack came two days after the Church celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on 1 January. The damage is great. The population is astonished at such an act of vandalism.
Our Lady of Caravaggio is undoubtedly the most rooted and popular Marian devotion in the area.
The photos of the damage show the violence of act that was recorded by a security camera that caught two of the criminals in the act of perpetrating the attack and running away.
Offenders have not yet been identified. (JSG)