Retired Saints TE Benjamin Watson Helping Rebuild 3 Burned Louisiana Churches

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Even though his time as being a Saint on the field has ended, that doesn’t mean Benjamin Watson couldn’t be one off the field.

The former New Orleans Saints tight end is trying to help rebuild three Mississippi churches that were burned down in St. Landry Parish.

During a 10-day span, St. Mary Baptist Church, the Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church were set on fire, with each one them being over 100 years old and having mostly African American congregations.

“In speaking with these pastors I am in awe and inspired by their faith and courage, comforting their congregations and family members,” Watson said in a text message to The Advocate. “Through sadness and shock they spoke of forgiveness for the arsonist and grace for tomorrow. Most importantly they spoke of being overwhelmed by support from people of goodwill and all religions from around the country. And they were humbled by what God has already done through this series of events.”

A 21-year0old man has since been arrested for three counts of counts of simple arson of a religious building.

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