from FaithWorld:

Desecrations of Divine Shepherdess images stir polarized Venezuela

June 3, 2011

(President Hugo Chavez attends a Catholic mass in Caracas February 27, 2009/Miraflores Palace)

from FaithWorld:

Rome’s Pope John Paul statue slammed by critics, including Vatican daily

May 20, 2011

(A statue representing Pope John Paul II is unveiled outside Rome's Termini train station on May 18, 2011/Tony Gentile)

from FaithWorld:

World’s tallest Jesus statue unveiled in Poland

By Reuters Staff
November 22, 2010

poland statue (Photo: Unveiling of the statue of Jesus in Swiebodzin, western Poland November 21, 2010/Sebastian Rzepiel)

About 15,000 Christian pilgrims and tourists streamed into the western Polish town of Swiebodzin Sunday for the unveiling of what has been billed as the world's tallest statue of Jesus.

from FaithWorld:

Giant Jesus statue rises above Polish countryside

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2010

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A statue of Jesus Christ that its builders say will be the largest in the world is fast rising from a Polish cabbage field and local officials hope it will become a beacon for tourists. The builders expect to attach the arms, head and crown to the robed torso in coming days, weather and cranes permitting, completing a project conceived by local Catholic priest Sylwester Zawadzki and paid for by private donations.

from Africa News blog:

Statue casts shadow over Senegal Renaissance

August 20, 2009

Far from being a shining beacon of hope for the world’s poorest continent, Dakar’s monument to the African Renaissance has sparked a storm of criticism over Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and his handling of the project.