FARGO — Fargo police said on Tuesday, April 20, the investigation into vandalism to a statue of Jesus Christ in front of St. Mary's Cathedral in downtown Fargo was ongoing, but no new details were available.

The vandalism, which occurred sometime early Saturday, April 17, involved black paint being sprayed on the face of the white marble statue.

The paint has since been removed from the statue.

The Jesus statue at St. Mary’s Cathedral that was recently vandalized has now been cleaned on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in downtown Fargo.
Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum
The Jesus statue at St. Mary’s Cathedral that was recently vandalized has now been cleaned on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in downtown Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

After the crime came to light, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Fargo said the statue came from a parish that closed in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and was installed in Fargo in May 2018.

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"Our response is prayer for the individual or individuals involved," church spokesman Paul Braun said, adding: "Our hope is that those responsible may someday experience their own encounter with the face of Christ."

In 2018, vandals decapitated a statue of the Virgin Mary outside St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo, prompting an outcry from parishioners and a prayer service.