While America tears down statues of Saints, Prague restores Our Lady
Justin Haggerty | The Daily Knight
(Archdiocese of Prague)
In a summer of socio-political turmoil, American cities have chosen to aid and abet marxist efforts to terrorize downtown areas, vandalize public squares, and remove historical and Catholic statues. From President Abraham Lincoln to St. Junipero Serra, we have watched (largely idle) as Antifa and BLM attacked public and private statues, murals, and memorials. By the grace of God, there is a different story in Prague, Czech Republic.
Not all western cities are under siege by marxist anarchists and barabass vandals. On June 4th, Mariánský sloup v Praze na Staroměstském náměstí, a non-profit on Facebook, restored the Marianske Column, in the Old Town Square in Prague.
First, a short historical breakdown. The Marianske Column, which was originally erected in 1650, shortly after the conclusion of the Thirty Years' War, is the fourth oldest Marian column in Europe. With the First World War coming to an end, the column was destroyed in 1918 after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. According to the Prague Morning's "101 Years Ago, the Marian Column Was Torn Down," after the declaration of independence of Czechoslovakia on 3 November 1918, the column, considered a symbol of the monarchy and Catholicism, was torn down.
Pictures of the successful restoration:
On July 28th, it was announced that Archbishop Dominik Duka of Prague would preside over a Holy Mass and blessing for the restored Marian Column on August 15th for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Archbishop Duka posted this on Facebook on August 14th:
In Christ Crucified and the Most Victorious Heart of Jesus.