Catholic Church damaged by lightning strike

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    A statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Marian Shrine in Laventille was damaged by a lightning strike this afternoon.

    According to a post by the Archdiocese of Port of Spain on Facebook, the incident occurred around 1.30pm.

    Fr Dwight Merrick, former parish priest, says one of the contractors working at the shrine said, “he and his men were in the Church working. It was bad. He himself…got thrown some distance because of what he was leaning up on.”

    Despite this incident however, no one was injured.

    According to the Archdiocese, the head of the statue is gone, there is a massive crack through the torso, and a bit of the stomach area was dislodged and pitched off.