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Stolen head from statue of Christ is returned, orange replacement removed

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Oct 24th, 2016

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SUDBURY, Ont. – The missing head of a statue of baby Jesus has been returned, and the bright orange clay head that replaced it has been removed.

Gerard Lajeunesse, the priest at the Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ont., says the head was returned to him on Friday.

The statue had recently been fitted with the temporary clay head — topped with a spiky orange crown — crafted by a local artist, which garnered international attention and was compared online to a character on “The Simpsons” or to the infamously botched restoration of a fresco of Jesus in Spain.

Lajeunesse says the stolen head was returned to him on Friday, by a woman he knew.

He says the woman, who he wouldn’t identify, came upon the head through her work, but didn’t realize it belonged to the church until she saw the media reports about the orange replacement.

 

A statue is shown outside Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ont., on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016. A statue of baby Jesus got a facelift after it was vandalized in northern Ontario - and the result is turning heads. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Gino Donato
A statue is shown outside Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ont., on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016. A statue of baby Jesus got a facelift after it was vandalized in northern Ontario – and the result is turning heads. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Gino Donato

 

Lajeunesse says the replacement had already been removed by the time he got the original head back.

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