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Turkish Cathedral collapses in earthquake, Virgin Mary statue survives

The large-scale devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey included the destruction of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the city of Iskenderun. However, a statue of Mother Mary, which was located inside the cathedral, miraculously survived the impact. The deadly earthquake that took place in Turkey and Syria on February 6, led to the death of a large number of people. A Jesuit priest, Fr. Antuan Ilgit, shared the incident of the survival of the statue on Facebook the same day the earthquake took place and expressed that the image of Mother Mary will be a source of strength for the survivors of the earthquake.

Fox News reports:

A statue of Mary, mother of Jesus, survived natural disaster after the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey in February, devastating that country and taking thousands of lives.

Fr. Antuan Ilgit, a Jesuit priest, turned to Facebook after the image of Mary stood strong as the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Iskenderun was destroyed.

“I brought the image of the Virgin Mary from the Cathedral, this image will be our strength and with her we will face everything,” Fr. Ilgit posted on Feb. 6, the same day the quake hit.

“Let us continue to trust in God and His Holy Providence,” he also wrote. “It’s raining, it’s cold and the shakes are so strong. We feel your closeness and we care.”

People died across both Turkey and Syria as a result of the Feb. 6 quake.

A 6.4 magnitude quake hit Turkey again on Feb. 20, as Fox News Digital reported.

“We also carry our beloved Syria in our hearts,” Fr. Ilgit added in his post, which has been translated from Italian to English

“May the Lord keep us in His love and be favorable to us! A big hug to everyone.”

Facebook users commented on the post — offering love and prayers to Fr. Ilgit, his congregation, the Lord and to Mother Mary.

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