Social media users expressed heartbreak after vandals desecrated the Sacred Heart of Jesus monument in La Roda de Andalucía, a small village in Seville, Spain. The monument dates back more than 70 years.
“In October of 1952, the statue was unveiled in the town square which bears the name of the Consecration of Spain to the Sacred Heart, by King Alfonso XIII in 1919,” this news article reported.
The perpetrator(s) decapitated the statue and cut off its hands. Black cloth now covers the monument until it can be restored. The townspeople also placed candles and flowers below the vandalized monument. The case is currently under investigation.
“Today in our town, we have awakened with a regrettable act of vandalism. The image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which has presided over the Plaza del Sagrado Corazón for more than 70 years, has been decapitated and his hands cut off.”
“:All those who pass by look at the image with a face of desolation and sadness…”
“Hopefully they find the person or people who have committed such horror. And that the image of the Sacred Heart will soon be restored, since it is one of the outstanding monuments of our town.”
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"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Archbp. Lefebvre 1980