St Vladimir statue beheaded, cross removed outside Winnipeg church

St Vladimir statue beheaded, cross removed outside Winnipeg church

A Winnipeg community is left searching for answers after a statue outside a church was destroyed early Tuesday morning.

“It’s a catastrophe to say the least,” said Right Rev. Michael Buyachok.

The vandalized sculpture, which sits outside the Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga on McGregor St., is of St. Volodymyr. During the incident both the head and a cross were removed from the monument.

Winnipeg police said they were notified about the incident around 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, but believe it occurred around 4:30 a.m. that morning.

“It’s all sad you know. To have somebody come and do such vandalism without any rhyme or reason,” said Buyochok.

The statue, created by sculptor Leo Mol, was blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

Buyachok said the church hopes the head is being sold for scrap metal, so it can be retrieved and fixed, otherwise they will have to find another artist to fix it.

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