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Statue of saint loses head during move to Norcross

NORCROSS -- Members of a Norcross Catholic church believe there is a positive lesson to be learned from a statue that was badly damaged while being transported from a church in New York.

The 7 -foot long statue of St. Gerard and a marble Paschal candle stand were being transported Saturday from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Norcross. During the move the statue was broken at the neck and lost its head.

St. Mary's outgrew its current home and is moving the New York church to Georgia. The spokeswoman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, Pat Chivers, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the church is being moved "brick-by-brick."

She said the broken statue provides a message of how people can be restored.