Winnipeg, Canada, May 24, 2019 / 16:13 pm America/Denver (CNA).
St. Vladimir died of old age in 1015, but his modern-day statue in Canada met a much more gruesome end.
The rector of Sts Volodymyr and Olga Cathedral in Winnipeg said he is “devastated” after a statue of St. Vladimir was found decapitated Tuesday.
The head, along with pieces of the statue’s staff, are still missing, church officials told the CBC.
Fr. Michael Buyachok is pastor of the cathedral of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Winnipeg. The statue was a landmark of the parish, beloved by parishioners, and created by a local sculptor, Buyachok told the CBC.
"It's a tragic event, because the statue symbolizes something for us. Our congregation, they know the statue from memory. But that's the way it is," he said.