Our Lady of Loreto Statue in Brownsville Removed

The photo on the left from June shows the statue, which is now gone as seen in the photo on the right taken Aug. 1. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

In its latest update on the status of Brownsville’s Our Lady of Loreto, the now-vacant century-old Catholic church that once served Italian immigrants, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports:

The statue is gone.

Passersby had been able to see it atop its pedestal from above a construction fence placed in late spring around the church. It does not bode well for preservationists and supporters who have been trying to get Our Lady of Loreto landmarked and turned into a cultural center.

The removal of the statue is an ominous occurrence as far as preservationists are concerned — a sign that Catholic officials are preparing to move forward with the planned demolition of the church.

Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corp., which leases the church, wants to demolish the property and build low-incoming housing.

Go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle to read where the statue will go, and more on the fight to preserve Our Lady of Loreto.

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