Boston, Mass., Sep 18, 2022 / 09:00 am
Many parishioners at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Toronto lost family members and friends when a devastating explosion on Aug. 4, 2020, killed hundreds and injured thousands in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital.
A large number of Maronite Catholics are of Lebanese descent, and some parishioners still consider Lebanon, as well as Canada, their home.
But the suffering intensified at Our Lady of Lebanon when just a few weeks after the blast, on Aug. 30, 2020, the church’s statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was beheaded. To add to the vandalism, there was no chance of repairing the statue since the statue’s head was also stolen.
“It was like continuing the trauma that happened in Beirut,” Laure Abou-Jaoude, a 71-year-old parishioner, told CNA.