Baby Jesus statue reunited with missing head

The original stone head of baby Jesus head sits atop the statue. A temporary head, crafted by a local artist, was earlier mocked on social media. The head "is now in a safe place until work is done," Father Gerald told CNN.

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  • A local artist earlier modeled a temporary terracotta head
  • People mocked it mercilessly

(CNN)A baby Jesus in a Canadian church has been reunited with its missing head.

That's good news because the replacement head was getting a merciless mocking online.
    The statue stands at the Ste Anne des Pins Catholic church in downtown Sudbury, Ontario. It shows Mary holding a baby Jesus in her arms.
    The problem is, vandals keep stealing the baby's head.
    After the latest theft, a lady brought the missing head to parish priest Gerard Lajeunesse.
    "I was told the person [who stole it] has issues, and really, that is all I know," he told CNN. "I have no idea what motivated [them]."
    The church had considered replacing the entire statue at a cost of $6,000 to $10,000 but that no longer needs to happen.

    Goodbye temporary head

    It's also a relief because it means the church can finally say goodbye to the hand-crafted substitute that sat atop baby Jesus' body.
    The temporary replacement head, crafted from terracotta clay, looked less like the son of Mary and more like the daughter of Marge.
    Is that you, Jesus?
    It was not received well. And that's putting it mildly.
    People Photoshopped the terracotta head on to, among other things, ET from the 1982 film, Donald Trump and a previously ridiculed restoration of a fresco painting.

    I'll be right here, temporarily. #temporaryjesushead

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    Tiny hands, tiny head. #temporaryjesushead

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