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A 22-foot-tall statue of Jesus, with outstretched arms, was erected in 1954 at the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Colorado. On May 19, 2007, a bolt of lightning struck the statue and knocked off both of Jesus' arms. A spokeswoman for the shrine, in a public statement, assured the faithful that Jesus was insured, and that the statue will be rebuilt with insurance proceeds.

Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • July 2, 2007

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