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Stolen statue returned to church in huge recovery

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO THE NEW YORK TIMES

This article was published November 4, 2017 at 2:03 a.m.

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Members of Italy’s art theft police unit examine a stolen 16th-century statue of the archangel Michael and other religious artifacts they’ve recovered after months of investigations at their headquarters in Naples, Italy. The country’s 60,000 churches are a vast trove of artwork and artifacts, and protecting them from theft is a full-time task.

The recent return to Monteroduni of a 16th-century statue of the archangel Michael -- stolen by thieves some 20 months earlier -- was a heartfelt affair.

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