A replacement statue has been donated to St Paul of the Cross Parish in Dulwich Hill where a statue of Our Lady and the baby Jesus was desecrated in a deliberate act of vandalism earlier this week.
Parishioners were visibly upset following the shocking act of violence in which the heads of Our Lady and the Christ Child were deliberately broken off the statue in the early hours of Monday 20 November.
The new statue of Our Lady of La Vang is an exact replica of the vandalised statue and is set to be officially blessed by Bishop Richard Umbers at a prayer vigil this evening at 9pm.
Organisers are hoping the turn-out will be as big as that on Monday 20 November, when close to one thousand people gathered for an impromptu prayer vigil to pray in reparation after the act of vandalism.
According to Bishop Umbers the parish has been inundated with offers of help and support. He said three statues in total have been donated to the parish.
It was reported on Tuesday 21 November that a 19 year-old man was assisting police with their inquiries into the vandalised statue.