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AJC: St. Gerard's statue damaged in move

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St. Gerard's, located at the intersection of Bailey and Delavan avenues, was closed following a final liturgy on New Year’s Day 2008. (Sharon Cantillon / News file photo)

A 1,600-pound statue from St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo was damaged Saturday when it arrived in Georgia, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported today.

The statue, as well as a marble Paschal candle stand, are among the first items from St. Gerard's to be moved to Georgia under a plan to rebuild the Catholic Church outside of Atlanta for the parish of Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Norcross, Ga.

Pat Chivers, spokeswoman for Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the broken statue is a message in restoration.

“We feel very responsible for this gift and want to make sure we restore it," Chivers told the Atlanta paper.

--Denise Jewell Gee

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