Police in the city of Curacautin in southern Chile detained an 18 year-old this week they believe to was responsible for vandalizing a church with satanic messages.
The vandalism took place last weekend at chapel of the Community of San Pablo.
On Monday parishioners who arrived for Mass were shocked to find statues destroyed and the walls painted with satanic phrases and symbols.
Police have not revealed the identity of the suspect but they said he is a student at the Institute of Rural Education.
In July of 2004, Chilean priest Father Faustino Gazziero D’Estefani was killed at the Cathedral of Santiago by a 24 year-old man who practiced satanic worship. The spread of Satanism among young people has become a growing concern in Chile.