A statue of the Holy Virgin Mary and baby Jesus Christ was miraculously Untouched by an earthquake in Turkey that had demolished the Annunciation Catholic Cathedral of Alexandretta. Father Antuan Ilgit, a Turkish priest from the Apostolic Vicariate of Antolio who served at the cathedral, broke the news of the destruction on Sunday before falling up with the heartwarming silver lining.
“The collapse of the cathedral is impressive. Just yesterday, we celebrated the Sunday Mass there!” Ilgit stated. “But now the living stones that need attention, and with them, with the help of God, we can rebuild everything.”
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Miraculous Virgin Mary Statue Survives Earthquake
“We are all in the refectory, which is more accessible, where we also celebrated Mass! I brought the image of the Madonna from the cathedral; this image will be our strength, and with her, we will face everything,” he went on to add.
He went on to share a picture of the statue, which is completely unharmed and is surrounded by the rubble of the destroyed cathedral. The Annunciation Cathedral collapsed early morning on Monday and late Sunday came after devastating someone a magnitude earthquake had rocked Southern Turkey and Northwestern Syria.
Another 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Central Turkey several hours later which caused estimated fatalities of both expected to be upwards of 7,900 dead and more than 38,500 injured as of Tuesday. The Turkish government has declared a level four state of emergency and is requesting International assistance in order to recover from the tragedy.
Archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, has pledged on behalf of the Italian Bishop organization 500,000 in order to help aid in the recovery of Turkey and Syria.
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That is San Antonio de Padua. Not The Virgin Mary.