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It's my understanding that this story is an amalgamation of many stories and, though based in truth, the story itself is largely false. The sheer limited nature of information -- including the location (many are cited in various devotions), a photograph, and a complete narrative account -- call this story into question. It's a great idea -- and oh if it's true -- but I fear it's really folk lore that makes a great point. Pegashus wrote: : Several years ago I read the story and did some research on it. I'd heard a couple of apocryphal versions: one about a church in England bombed during World War II, the other about the Mainzer Dom (cathedral) in Germany. But then research and a phone call verified that the story originated at Christ the King Catholic Church in San Diego, California. At that time, the story was told on their website as well, but that site has since been closed. The statue did exist outside the church, but the hands were broken off by vandals around 1980, not by bombing. Instead of repairing the hands, the church decided to put up a plaque at the base that states, "I have no hands but yours." This is a reference to a poem by St. Teresa of Avila that begins: "Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours." The statue is still there, without hands. You can find still find photographs of the statue on the Web.

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