Parishioners at Our Lady of Victory are praying for a young man accused of burning their papal flag. The 19 year old Sour Lake resident was charged March 20 with arson in connection with the incident.
Father Martin Nelson noticed the flag was missing early in March and assumed it was a prank. He said he became concerned and reported the incident after the flag was found burnt in an area near the church.
The 19 year old suspect allegedly told Sour Lake police he had taken the flag to use it in a Satanic initiation rite.
The papal flag was displayed outside the church on church property along with the United States flag.
Father Nelson said he has been praying for whomever took the flag and is aware many of his parishioners are doing the same.