Historic statue of Jesus vandalized at El Paso’s St. Patrick Cathedral

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 16th, 2020 2:02 pm

Last Updated Sep 17th, 2020 at 2:19 pm

A man is custody after allegedly destroying a historic statue of Jesus kept at a downtown church in El Paso, Texas, officials confirmed.

A man walked into the St. Patrick Cathedral on Tuesday morning and destroyed a nearly 90-year-old statue behind the main alter, the El Paso Catholic Diocese said. The man decapitated the statue, as well as vandalized the arms and the base of the statue.

"This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus – his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us," Bishop Mark Seitz said in a statement. "I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass."

The statue is called the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Seitz said little is known about the man who allegedly destroyed the statue.

"He certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace," he said, adding that "he will be in my prayers."

A suspect in the incident has been detained by the El Paso Police Department.


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