Miami: Two Jesus Statues at Catholic Church Vandalized

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Archdiocese of Miami

A pair of Jesus statues were vandalized at a Catholic church in Miami Shores roughly one month apart, according to a local report.

NBC Miami reports:

The Archdiocese of Miami says the statues stand on sacred ground and they are having trouble understanding why anyone would do this. The first of the two incidents of vandalism on statues of Jesus was a one in front of St. Martha’s Church, which was left without a hand. […] The second and most recent desecration happened on September 29th. A statue in front of the parish office was left headless and handless.

“It sends a sad message. It sends a strong message. Perhaps that it is an anti-Christ issue,” said Ross Augusta, who serves as a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Miami. “We found the head over the fence. It was thrown on another piece of property.”

The Miami Shores Police Department is in possession of at least one video that shows one of the alleged attacks.

“In that video, that’s the only video that exists, you can see a person throwing whether or not it was a large rock, or using a hammer, and you can see them going at the hand and finally the hand is knocked off,” Augusta stated.

The video has not been made public at this time.

Miami police have yet to issue a statement on the matter, and no further details of the incidents are known.

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