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Newren said he’s happy that people are enjoying the statue in a way they couldn’t at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

In 1972, the original sculpture was severely damaged by a hammer-wielding man who shouted he was Jesus Christ. Since then, millions of tourists have had to look at it through bulletproof glass.

“If you’re viewing the original, the original almost looks like a framed photograph because it’s so far away from that window,” Newren said. “Here, you can experience it in an important way.”


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