Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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An important Jesus statue in an El Paso church has been destroyed and police have arrested the suspect. The statue in St. Patrick’s Cathedral was taken down and decapitated and the person police suspect to be responsible has been arrested.

Earlier this week, a 90-year-old Jesus statue was decapitated by a vandal who destroyed the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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We are saddened to announce the vandalism at St. Patrick Cathedral earlier today. The Cathedral was vandalized this morning at around 10:00am. A suspect came into the sanctuary at St. Patrick Cathedral and destroyed the almost 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was located in the center behind the main altar of the church. The church was open and available for prayer. A suspect has been detained by the El Paso Police department. The police are currently continuing their investigation into the vandalism. The Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, Fr. Trini Fuentes, said, “I am in shock and we at the Cathedral are heartbroken over such an unexpected situation.” Bishop Seitz also expressed his sadness about the damage caused to the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue. “This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us. I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.” “As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” Bishop Seitz added. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen,” he said. “At this point we do not know anything about the person who carried out this assault, but 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. I hope this might be the impetus for him to receive the help he needs. He will be in my prayers,” Bishop Seitz added. “I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be. In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us,” Bishop Seitz concluded. St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland and our Diocese, Pray for us.

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The community was rocked when the damage was reported. The statue has been behind the church’s main altar for decades. The vandal attacked the statue at around 10:00 a.m. when the church was opened for prayer when the vandal attacked.

El Paso police have arrested a man in connection to the vandalism.

According to a press release from the police department, 30-year-old Isaiah Cantrell has been arrested for the vandalism. The damage to the statue is estimated to be about $25,000 and Cantrell’s bail has been set at $20,500. El Pasoans are angered at the man for destroying the irreplaceable 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 Seitz said about the destruction of the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus statue. “I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.”

Statues like the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue are important to communities that are used to seeing them. The destruction has left clergymen and parishioners angered and saddened by the loss of the statue. It is a historic part of the El Paso religious community having overseen masses since before World War II.

The Diocese of El Paso is raising money to help St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The funds raised by the Diocese of El Paso and the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso will be used on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The money raised will be used to fix the shattered statue as well as add security and do renovations to the famed church.

“I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be,” Bishop Seitz said. “In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us.”

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A Mexican Church Might Have ‘Accidentally’ Commissioned The Largest Baby Jesus Statue In The World

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A Mexican Church Might Have ‘Accidentally’ Commissioned The Largest Baby Jesus Statue In The World

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A Mexican church has erected what might be the world’s largest-ever baby Jesus statue, but the Internet thinks it deserves another recognition: The World’s Largest Phil Collins Statue. La Epifanía del Señor church in Zacatecas, Mexico reportedly commissioned the larger-than-life “Niño Dios” or “God Child” statue without realizing it would break a Guinness World Record. “There is a space of between 26 feet between the ceiling and the floor and I ordered a statue measuring 21 feet, but I never intended to make it the biggest baby Jesus statue in the world,” Rev. Humberto Rodriguez told Central European News. Now, the Niño Dios is getting more press for its uncanny resemblance to British singer Phil Collins.

When you see it, you might know why.

While the rest of us are dusting off our tiny baby Jesus nativity sets, this Mexican reverend inadvertently commissioned the largest baby Jesus statue in world history.

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The statue is nearly 22 feet tall and weighs in at 2,000 pounds. Artist Roman Salvador built the statue out of fiberglass, resin, automotive paste, and paint in Chimalhuacán under the specific instructions of Rev. Rodriguez. Then, the enormous statue was carefully transported 12 hours to Zacatecas. Once it arrived, the church decided to do more than just wonder aloud if its the largest baby Jesus ever created. They started looking into it and found that the last record-holder for the biggest baby Jesus statue was a mere 16 feet tall and 661 pounds, more than 30 percent smaller than Salvador’s statue. The church officially submitted its claim to Guinness World Records, which, if approved, would make it the “largest baby Jesus statue,” according to an email exchange between Guinness and The New York Post. That is if they don’t determine it’s, in fact, the largest erected statue of Phil Collins.

“In the “The Epiphany of the Lord” church of #Zacatecas, do they have a huge statue of the “Child God” Or Phil Collins?” asked radio host Jose Manuel on Twitter. Rev. Rodriguez has yet to comment on the Internet’s reaction to the statue.

The Internet is doing its thing and the comparisons are truly uncanny, down to hairs on their heads.

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This baby Jesus has a mullet, and a single tuft of hair resting atop its balding head, just like Phil Collins once did. He’s completely bald now and is mostly seen wearing baseball caps. The artist, who rose to fame in the 1980s, found success in his very first band, called Genesis, where he started as a drummer and later became the lead singer after Peter Gabriel left. Some of his song titles include, “Jesus He Knows Me,” “In the Air Tonight,” “Another Day in Paradise,” “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven,” and “No Son of Mine.” So, you can imagine, the Twitter thread is getting very punny.

Jesus he knows me, and he knows I’m right. He was in a band called Genesis! It all makes sense now,” tweeted Any Pag (@andybutshorter). “He’s no son of mine!” tweets Donald Twain (@donaldtwain1). “Just another day in paradise,” Gary Crosbie (@GaryCrosbie5) tweets, quoting Collins’ lyrics. “Well well well, it seems @PhilCollinsFeed didn’t just know Jesus, he was actually Jesus…” tweets Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMR).

While some others are more closely comparing the Niño Dios to American actor Nicholas Cage.

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“”Phil Collins is NOT the baby jesus”, and other things I didn’t think I’d say today… ” tweeted Hell’en Bach (@TheHamsterIsDed) For the folks who can’t decide whether the statue looks more like Collins or Cage, listen to Temi Russel (@TemiRussell): “What if Phil collins and Nicolas Cage had a baby?” We have our answers now. But we still have more questions…

Like, why is this Mexican church’s baby Jesus so white, though?

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“Viene por nosotoros!” or “He comes for us!” tweeted Emmanuel alongside his photoshopped masterpiece featuring Jesus/Phil with red lasers coming out of his eyes. Aside from the resemblance to the ’80s drummer, folks have questions about this particular ‘body of Christ.’ “Does baby Jesus have abs or moobs?” asks Iscribe (@iscribe). Why would a Mexican church’s resemblance of Jesus look so much like a white British man anyway?

 “I am brown. There has never been a white christ,” tweeted Jesus Hedge Fund Apocalypse (@FundJesus).  “How come even Mexican Jesus is white?
The propaganda runs deep.” 
tweets Jhark Greycap (@JharkG). #MakeJesusBrownAgain

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