PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Take a good look at that surveillance photo. The Arson Task Force is asking for help in identifying two men accused of setting a church in North Philadelphia on fire.
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The pastor of the Sainte VÃ©ronique church prays that âjustice be doneâ, affirming that this act of arson only affirms their work in the community.
Philadelphia Police are asking for your help in identifying two men seen on surveillance video setting fire to St. Veronica Church in North Philadelphia around 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 19.
The couple climbed the steps to the entrance to Tioga Street and a few moments later the front doors caught fire.
The two begin to walk away, turn to make sure the job is done, then run away as they see the flames intensify.
Photos and a video show what remains of charred wood and broken glass.
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The pastor of St. Veronica said the damages amounted to more than $ 12,000.
He implores whoever did this to repent, describing the arson as a “sign that the devil does not like our action in the region” and calling the act a form of “hatred of the Catholic faith“.
Parishioners on social media described what happened as “heartbreaking and sad,” but they don’t let her discourage their work. The church held its planned missionary walk later in the afternoon.
The church hopes to raise funds for security cameras to prevent more such crimes in the future.
Anyone with information about this arson is urged to call the city’s arson task force at 215-246-7875.
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Reports from Alicia Roberts of CBS3.