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Duly Quoted: Kensington Market’s Statue Thieves

After an apparent attack of conscience, the people who took Schmalz's statue of a begging Jesus proceeded to return it.

“I’m sorry, it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

—The thief or thieves who made off with a statue from the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, in a note they left when it was returned. Timothy Schmalz’s Whatsoever You Do, which depicts a begging Jesus, went missing on November 30—but at some point in the early hours of December 5, the work was restored to its proper place. Reverend Maggie Helwig thinks she might know why someone would be drawn to this particular statue: Jesus the Homeless, another statue by the same sculptor, was recently blessed by Pope Francis. And what better way to honour the Pope than to steal statues from churches?