Roman Catholic archbishop North exorcism performed California Saturday morning at the site where racial injustice exists The protesters He brought down an 18th century statue of Spanish missionary Junipero Serra days earlier.
Unlike movies, exorcisms are often majestic church rituals like Saturday, which were intended to exorcise evil and defend Serra’s reputation.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordillion performed the rituals in front of about 150 supporters before celebrating a special mass inside St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in San Rafael north of San Francisco.
Serra, who lived from 1713 to 1784 and was canonized by Pope Francis in 2015, is known as the father of the California missionary system.
The Church venerates Serra for bringing him Roman Catholic To the western United States but critics claim it forced Native Americans to abandon their culture or face brutal punishment.
“The experts in this field told me that Latin tends to be more effective against Satan because he does not like the language of the church,” Cordillion said after prayers were recited in the official language of the church.
Serra statues in Los Angeles and Sacramento were also vandalized by protesters.
San Rafael Police said five suspects had been arrested in connection with the movement Sabotage.
The statue is being repaired and will be returned to the site.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.