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South End's Cathedral of the Holy Cross broken into

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  December 12, 2012 01:35 PM

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A Quincy man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into Cathedral of the Holy Cross church in the South End where police say he lit multiple candles, and opened sacramental wine and a container of the Eucharist.

The Boston Police arrested Jorge Jose Guvara, 26, and charged him with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony Wednesday morning after finding him inside Cathedral of the Holy Cross church at the corner of Washington and Union Park streets.

Police responded to a breaking and entering in progress at the church at about 7:31 a.m. Wednesday.

A witness told police officers he found candles lit throughout the church, including the attic and basement, and feared they would cause a fire. He called 911 when he found a man inside the front storage area behind the altar, according to police.

Police said they found Guvara lying on the ground with an open bottle of sacramental wine and an opened container of the Eucharist, or consecrated bread. Several lit battery operated candles were around him, and all the cabinets and drawers in the chapel were opened, according to police. Officers also found broken candles in the basement.

Guvara told officers he came to the church in search of peace, according to the department.
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