Basilica quickly restores Christ statue after it’s covered with red paint

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — Vandals defaced the long-revered statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus outside St. Lawrence Basilica over the July 3-4 weekend, but it was quickly restored by parish staff. Arriving for Sunday Mass around 8 a.m. July 4, staff discovered the 7-foot statue of Jesus was covered in gallons of oil-based red paint. The damage occurred sometime after the vigil Mass July 3. Bud Hansbury, the parish property manager, used graffiti remover and then repainted the statue of Jesus from the neck down, restoring its beauty before the noon Mass July 4.

Basilica quickly restores Christ statue after it’s covered with red paint

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