The Marian Grotto of Our Lady of the Fields Mbandjock Parish of Cameroon’s Catholic Diocese of Obala has been vandalized, per the Parish Priest.
In a statement shared with sources on Wednesday, February 7, Fr. Kisito Essele Essele condemns the vandalism as a “heinous act”, adding that investigations are being carried out.
“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that an act of vandalism has been perpetrated at the Marian grotto in our parish of Our Lady of the Fields in Mbandjock. In the early hours of Wednesday 07 February 2024, the community was confronted with this sad reality,” Fr. Kisito said.
The Cameroonian Catholic Priest added, “We are all deeply moved by this event, and share the grief and indignation it has aroused.”
“The damage is not only material, but also spiritual, as the Marian grotto is a place of prayer and recollection for many of the faithful,” he said. “Investigations are currently underway to identify those responsible for this heinous act. We are working closely with the relevant authorities to ensure that justice is done”, the priest added.
“At this difficult time, we invite each and every one of you to remain united in prayer and solidarity,” Fr. Kisito said.
He also emphasized the value of unity, saying, “Together, we will overcome this ordeal and rebuild our Marian grotto, a symbol of our faith and Marian devotion.”
“We will keep you informed of the progress of investigations and actions taken to repair the damage caused,” he further says, and implores, “Let us pray for peace and reconciliation to guide our hearts.”