Tornado destroys Texas Catholic church—but statue of Mary survives

I’ve seen about five of these cases in the last 4 years or so. One statue at Joplin? MO. was Our Lady of Sorrows. It was the only thing standing in the whole city, or at least in that block.

The video here, from CNN, is remarkable for a number of reasons—including the dignity the newscaster shows the church and its parishioners. (It’s also one of the few times I’ve heard a reporter use the verb “celebrate” with Mass; usually reporters talk about how people “attend” Mass or “hear” Mass.) MORE