Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.
Its right hand had been damaged sometime ago, but the finger finally broke off in a storm late Thursday.
Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro.Photo: Getty Images
“They say lightning does not strike the same spot twice. But with the Christ it does,” the priest said on Friday.