Posts Tagged ‘Statue’

A church built a huge baby Jesus statue – Looks like Phil Collins

Monday, November 25th, 2019

A church in Zacatecas, Mexico, commissioned what it calls the largest statue of baby Jesus in the world. This towering, nearly 22-foot statue of the Son of God that presides over the Parish of the Epiphany of the Lord looks like Phil Collins. Read more

Giant ten commandments monument donated by Fraternal Order of Eagles

Monday, August 19th, 2019

A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — but the journey it Read more

Ancient statue repainted with colours that “seemed right”

Monday, September 10th, 2018

St. Anne, the patron saint of the village of Rañadorio in northwestern Spain, has fuchsia lips, black eyeliner and a bright dress. The Virgin Mary has turquoise hair. Baby Jesus resembles a Playmobil figure. Have a look

Parishioners pray for the return of stolen statue of Mary

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

The Catholics of northwest Auckland are grieving over the apparent theft of a statue of the Virgin Mary from the grounds of their church. The statue, estimated to stand 1.2m tall and filled with concrete, was wrenched out of its stone-arched grotto at St Joseph’s in Helensville, some time on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Continue reading

Statue of Our Lady untouched by huge Equador quake

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

A statue of Our Lady and the glass case in which it was housed remained intact amidst the devastation of Equador’s huge earthquake this month. The statue of Our Lady of Light was housed in a school that collapsed and was reduced to rubble in the April 16 quake, which left at least 600 people Read more

Priest smashes statue of Jesus in church, blames stress

Friday, November 13th, 2015

A priest in France who smashed a statue of Jesus in his church has attributed his action to the stress and fatigue of his job. Fr Jean-Jacques Le Roy, 55, a priest in Plestin-les-Greves in Brittany, shouted out “one less” as he threw the statue to the ground last Thursday during a visit by a sacred art Read more

St Junipero Serra statue vandalised at California mission

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Days after St Junipero Serra was canonised by Pope Francis, a statue of him has been defaced in California in what local police say is a hate crime. The vandalism of the statue of St Junipero at Carmel Mission, where he is buried, came three days after the canonisation in Washington, DC. Vandals damaged statues, Read more

Auckland neighbours at war over giant religious statue

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Auckland neighbours are involved in a religious battle after a giant 6.4m statue of Hindu god Shiva was erected in a backyard. Ravin Chandar installed the 30-tonne statue for him and his family to pray to, but that’s irked his Catholic neighbour, Bryce Watts. Erecting the giant statue was something Chandar “had to do”. “That Read more

Pope: Statues and sleek cars no, bikes yes

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Pope Francis has asked for a statue of himself at his old cathedral to be removed — and advised seminarians and novices to get around on bikes and avoid sleek cars and smartphones. The statue, a lifesize likeness of the Pope, had been installed for about 10 days in the gardens of the Buenos Aires Read more

Facelift for John Paul II statue with an unholy likeness to Mussolini

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

A statue of the late Pope John Paul II, which some critics have claimed resembles the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, is – in true Italian style – about to receive some early cosmetic surgery.

The five-metre bronze monument, which rises from one of the flower beds outside Rome’s main Termini train station, was unveiled on 18 May, on what would have been the late pope’s 91st birthday. Its abstract rendering of John Paul, who was beatified on 1 May, features a heavy-set head on a minimalist, billowing cloak, intended to symbolise the pontiff’s willingness to embrace his flock.

But the statue’s tent-liked form, squashed facial features and bullet-shaped head did not go down well with church or layman


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