The wife and I vacationed in Poland in 2000 and visited Czestochowa and the Jasna Gora monastery.
The 58-year-old attacker was detained by guards at the monastery holding the revered depiction of Mary and the baby Jesus in the southern city of Czestochowa, police said.
“The icon is shielded by a protective plate of glass and was unharmed,” Czestochowa police spokeswoman Joanna Lazar added.
It was unclear why the man carried out the attack or whether the paint cans were open. A statement on the Jasna Gora monastery website said the attacker had tried to deface the icon with a “black substance”.- Associated Press
Personally I think the guy is probably mentally ill. The next time I speak to Fr. Tomaz, the Roman Catholic priest who showed me and Dear Wife around Poland, thinks about it. Fr. Tomasz is from Czestochowa. Thousands of Poles make pilgrimages to the monastery every year to see the icon, whose origin is shrouded in mediaeval lore.
Thousands of Poles make pilgrimages to the monastery every year to see the icon, whose origin is shrouded in mediaeval lore.
The pilgrimages take place in August before Assumption(August 15th) and Our Lady of Czestochowa(August 26th) and it was in the days before the former that I was in Poland. Dear wife and I was staying in a hotel right next to Jasna Gora and would hear the pilgrims approaching because they often sang or chanted.
Poland is an interesting country. I really enjoyed visiting it.