The true story behind Brazil’s famous Cristo Redentor “Christ the Redeemer” Statue

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The original idea for a monument to Christ came from a group of Brazilians who, in the wake of World War One, feared an advancing tide of godlessness. Church and state had been separated when Brazil became a republic at the end of the previous century, and they saw the statue as a way of reclaiming Rio – then Brazil’s capital city – for Christianity.

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Poles honor Reagan, John Paul II with new statue

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Polish officials unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II on Saturday, honoring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago.

The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa’s Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organizing or taking part in strikes against the communist regime.


Desecration of Statue of Blessed Virgin Mary Captured On Video

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Crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary destroyed in Roman riots.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said he “condemned the violence and the fact that a church was desecrated by some protesters who broke in and destroyed some images.” He referred to the clashes in Rome as “horrific.”

The 18th-century church of Santi Marcellino and Pietro is near St John Lateran square where much of Saturday’s violence occurred.


Ugly Roman John Paul II statue turns out to actually be – surprise – Oprah!

Believe it … or maybe not!

Witnesses report that at the very moment Oprah Winfrey departed the Harpo Studios in Chicago, after her very last show, the controversial Roman statue (until now, thought to be of the late Pope John Paul II) began to vibrate and emit strange noises. Several seconds later, the bronze head of the statue burst open. The result can clearly be seen in the above photo.

Editor’s note: Only Oprah could make that ugly puddle of bronze look that good. If only it were true!

New Rome statue of John Paul II captures ugly “Spirit” of Vatican II.

“John Paul Who…?”

Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Indiana to be permanent home of 34-foot tall “Our Lady of the New Millenium”

ST. JOHN — Our Lady of the New Millennium arrived at its new temporary home Sunday in the parking lot of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Applause erupted from the impromptu crowd of about 300 that gathered when the hydraulic lifts on its special flatbed semi-trailer raised the nearly 34-foot-tall stainless steel statue to an upright position after its journey down U.S. 41 from Chicago.

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Virgin Mary statuette allegedly moved its fingers, cried, produced oil.

“I don’t know why God chose me; only he knows,” Sallakian said. “This is a sign for people to love each other and pray. There are people who don’t believe, but maybe this is the sign. I don’t know.”

It began at 10:30 p.m. July 19 when Sallakian was praying in her living room. She said she saw a star on the Mary statue, and when she touched it, her hand was covered in oil.

“She gave us the oil for nine days,” Sallakian said. “I don’t know if it’s finished.”

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God evidently likes the Rio statue much better (me too)

Christ Redeemer Statue, Brazil:
The outstretched arms of the 125-foot statue
of Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro
from atop 2,343-foot Mount Corcovado.

The fiberglass and steel King of Kings statue that stood outside
the Solid Rock Church, located on Union Road, just off Interstate 75,
in Monroe, Ohio. It was destroyed by fire late Monday evening,
after it had been hit by lightning.

Statue of the Virgin Mary that ‘survived’ A-bomb: Icon of today’s embattled Catholic Church

by Hisashi Yukimoto
Tokyo (ENI). The remains of a statue of the Virgin Mary that survived the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki is to be exhibited in New York ahead of an international conference aimed at curbing arms proliferation, says the Roman Catholic Church in the Japanese city.

The wooden statue of the mother of Jesus, which stood in Urakami Cathedral in the western Japanese city, was almost completely destroyed by the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki by the U.S. Air Force in the last days of the Second World War on 9 August 1945. Only Mary’s head remained intact. The cathedral itself was reduced to rubble.

“It [the head] will be shown while prayers are said during a Mass [in New York]”, Midori Shikayama, an official of the Nagasaki archdiocese’s public relations department, told Ecumenical News International.

Shikayama explained it will be the first time the statue has visited the United States when it is shown during the Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on 2 May. The following day a 26-days-long U.N. conference reviewing the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons begins.

The service will form part of the visit to New York by Nagasaki’s Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, an A-bomb survivor. The visit is due to begin on 30 April to coincide with the U.N. conference.

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