THE BABY JESUS statue from a crib outside a church in Arklow, Co Wicklow has been stolen.
Fr Martin Cosgrove, parish priest of the Church of Saints Mary and Peter, described the incident as “mindless activity”.
“I wouldn’t say there was any theological significance to the theft … you could only speculate as to why they did it.”
The statue, believed to have been stolen late on Saturday night or early on Sunday morning, was later found broken elsewhere in the town.
Cosgrove told TheJournal.ie the crib has been on public display every Christmas for about seven or eight years, and the incident won’t put the parish off from continuing the tradition.
“It’s very visible as people pass by, that’s the intention.”
He said the statue will be replaced as soon as possible – probably today or tomorrow.
Hat tip: Wicklow News