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Winnipeg Ukrainian Catholic Church statue head returned, still missing staff – Winnipeg



Four days after vandals had dismissed a statue outside a Winnipeg's Catholic Christian church, the head has been returned.

Statue of St. Volodymyr outside Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral on McGregor Street had their head and staff originally removed at early morning on Tuesday.

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In a phone call to Global News, a church spokesman said one by one found the head in a duffel bag and sent it back to the church.

The staff and the cross who were also removed by vandals are still missing.

The statue was designed by renowned Winnipeg artist Leo Mol in 1984 and was even blessed by Pope John Paul II when he visited Manitoba.

A church employee said that residents of a nearby complex woke up in the beginning of Tuesday with an abrasive sound.

When people went to investigate, they found that the statue's head had been stolen, along with its staff.

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Speaking to global news shortly after the theft, Pastor Michael Buyachok speculated the pieces taken to be sold as scrap.

"We reported all the places where these kids would go and get money for it, but no one has said anything and it hasn't been found," Buyachok said.

"It's a huge loss for us. It's a beautiful statue."

Scratch cards can also be seen on other parts of the statue.

– With a file by Kevin Hirschfield

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