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Stealing Faith: Parish statue goes missing

3:25 PM, Aug 1, 2010   |    comments
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Stealing Faith

That symbolism reminds members of the church of the timelessness of their faith. Few symbols are more important to the congregation than the six foot statue of St. Francis that stood for 18 years in front of the church.

Early Saturday morning it was stolen.

"He means a lot. He means a lot to the congregation and they're going to be devastated tomorrow (Sunday) morning when they come and they find that he's gone," says Father John Kalabokes.

The statue of St. Francis was torn from the bolts that held it in front of the church at 556 S. Jersey Street. Denver police are investigating the theft.

"I was shocked. I can't believe that anybody would steal from the church, whether you're religious or not religious," says Tammy Kalabokes, a member of the parish.

The monetary value to the statue is around $3,500, but the importance to the congregation goes far beyond dollar signs.

"He's been kidnapped. He's been taken hostage for whatever reason, I don't know," says Father Kalabokes. "All we can do is appeal that they bring him back, so many can share him."

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