Religious statues vandalized at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Miami Shores – CBS Miami
Miami Shores (CBSMiami) – For the second time in about a month, the statue of Jesus has been disfigured.
When you first walk into the property of St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Miami Shores, the first thing you see is a statue of Jesus. But in recent days, the statue is very different.
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âThe head was torn off, the arm and a hand,â said Mary Ross Agosta of the Archdiocese of Miami.
According to Ross Agosta, after the morning mass on September 30, Pastor Martha’s Catholic Church came out to find the damaged blessed statue of Christ.
The vandals have even gone to the extreme to throw their heads over the fence, but this is not the only attack on their property.
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âA month earlier, on August 29, the statue of Christ in front of the church was also disfigured. You can see a person throw anything, I don’t know if it was a big boulder or if it used a hammer, but you can see it go hand, hand, and finally the hand is overturned. Then the person leaves, âadded Ross Agosta.
It is said that the statues have an estimated value in the thousands and that one needs to be completely replaced.
Meanwhile, both incidents are under investigation by Miami Shores Police and while officials ask anyone with information to come forward, Archdiocese officials say they are more concerned about who and why they did it.
âHaving two seizures in a month kind of feels like someone needs help. You know we are in the business of forgiveness and we are happy to forgive, âsaid Ross Agosta.
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Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Shores Police or Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477 or (305) 471-TIPS.