Nativity scene Jesus returned, replacement swiped

Nativity scene Jesus returned, replacement swiped

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A penintent is seen nailed to the cross during the reenactment of crucifixion on Good Friday in the village of Cutud, San Fernando City, north of Manila on April 6, 2012. Roman Catholic fanatics in the Philippines had themselves nailed to the cross April 6, in a bloody display of religious frenzy as the Christian world marked the day Jesus was crucified. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 12:29 PM

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church's Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue, just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.

The vintage figurine was taken last year from outside Chambersburg's Central Presbyterian Church. It was found Sunday in the arms of a bronze Civil War soldier statue across the town square.

A local business had replaced the Jesus statue when the Nativity scene was set up a couple weeks ago. The Chambersburg Public Opinion (http://bit.ly/11yfQ5C ) reports that replacement statue was swiped sometime after services on Sunday.

Congregant Buffy Super calls the statue's return a "Christmas miracle." Another says the church will have to considering securing the statue to deter theft.

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Information from: Public Opinion, http://www.publicopiniononline.com

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