Crude language and imagery painted onto Sainte-Bibiane Church

By Michael Boriero – Local ­Journalism Initiative Reporter


Two weeks ago the Sainte-Bibiane Church in Richmond was defaced with highly offensive language and Nazi symbols resulting in nearly irreparable and costly damage.
The graffiti was spray painted onto the original brick on the side of the building and on the front door. The church’s administration is trying to figure out a way to remove the paint without causing permanent damage.
“We had somebody give us some product with a pressure machine and we were able to remove maybe 75 per cent of the graffiti, but we can still read what was written down,” said Sainte-Bibiane’s parish animator Lucie Bouchard.
She called the situation a sad moment in the church’s history. They are continuously trying to improve and build a beautiful church for the community, but it’s discouraging when people decide to vandalize the property, she explained.
Churchgoers are irate about the whole debacle, she added. It’s all rather confusing, she continued, no one understands why someone would spray paint the building. Police are expected to increase activity in the area, and the church asked residents to be vigilant.


See full story in the August 17 edition of The Record

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