In late 2015, the head was stolen from a baby Jesus statue at a Catholic church in Sudbury, Ontario, around 250 miles northwest of Toronto. Last October, a local artist offered to fashion a replacement. It’s safe to say it didn’t go so well:
But just days after that story broke, the head was returned, the church’s priest announced, a return prompted in part because the story had become something of an internet sensation. The head had been stolen, the CBC reported then, by an unidentified person “suffering from some personal problems.” Finally, on Friday, the head was reattached:
Looking pretty good! The reattachment was paid for by a private benefactor, the CBC said, and will, hopefully, remain in place for a long, long time. But even though it disintegrated in the rain, the terracotta replacement will always have a place in our hearts.