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Pastor Says Flames Did Not Engulf Tabernacle in Arson Attack on Catholic Church in Maryland

Screenshot from YouTube videoFather Samuel Giese, pastor of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic parish in Bethesda, Maryland, speaks during a livestreamed Sunday Mass in the parish school’s gymnasium on July 10, hours after his church was vandalized and set on fire.

Father Samuel Giese told CNA on Monday that the flames were only reflections in a window behind the tabernacle from pews in front of the altar.