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Mending fractured saints requires care and a touch of sensitivity

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Leslie Harding and Georgina Ferrandi work on statues at the Saints Alive Studio. (CNS/ courtesy of David McQueen)

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Leslie Harding and Georgina Ferrandi touch up a statue of Jesus. (CNS/courtesy of David McQueen)

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Saint Paulinus and Santo, the dog, watch over the Saints Alive studio. (CNS/courtesy of Saints Alive Stu)

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A scattering of artists around the country specialize in repairing religious statues. More than just the ability to mend the fingers, hands and feet of aging statues, their work demands sensitivity to congregations that have strong attachments to their icons.


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