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Pastor: Vandalized Church Should Respond With Mercy

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The pastor of a New Haven church vandalized over the weekend says the congregation should respond with mercy.

The Rev. Alex Dyer, priest in charge of the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, said Sunday during his sermon that mercy is the only response a Christian can have.

Dyer tells The New Haven Register that he was awakened early Saturday by the church’s alarm company and went to the church to find a cross missing, a Bible torn and stained glass windows shattered.

He says if the vandal or vandals are caught, it would be up the congregation as a whole and law enforcement to decide whether to press charges.

He says the stolen cross had great sentimental value because it had been in the chapel for decades.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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