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Sudbury, Ontario's Sainte-Anne-des-Pins Catholic Church is no stranger to vandalism, and their statue of baby Jesus has had its head knocked off more than once. About a year ago, however, the head went missing altogether, according to Father Gérard Lajeunesse. "I'm hoping it wasn't done out of malice," he told Sudbury.com. It might be somebody took on a challenge or whatever and the head fell off, and what do you do with this? A lot of things happen around here."

Whatever the case, local artist Heather Wise soon noticed the incomplete sculpture and offered to fashion a replacement. Her attempt, rendered in clay, was... well, let's say "non-traditional."

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Intended to be a placeholder until Wise could carve a head out of stone (a material she said she'd never worked with before), the temporary restoration drew some rather blistering reviews.

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Some critics compared the spiked creation to the infamously botched 2012 restoration of Ecce Homo, a Spanish fresco depicting Jesus with the crown of thorns, by an elderly amateur artist. That, too, went viral when unveiled.

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The temporary head even garnered a mocking Instagram account.

I'll be right here, temporarily. #temporaryjesushead

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Temporarily very very interesting. #temporaryjesushead

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Temporarily Trump again, by popular demand. More to come tomorrow.

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Temporarily terrifying. #temporaryjesushead

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Temporarily running through the 6. #temporaryjesushead

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Although Father Gérard was amused that the head had become a global phenomenon—and graciously defended Wise's contribution to the church—he ultimately elected to remove it.

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Probably for the best, since the viral buzz led to someone returning baby Jesus' original head, which was reattached and presented to parishioners at mass on Sunday, Oct. 23. Replacing the statue altogether could have cost up to $10,000, so yeah, Father Gérard is pretty stoked here.

"It's a happy ending to pretty crazy week, it just goes to show that sometimes the internet works in your favor," the relieved priest said. Or, to put it more religiously: the internet works in mysterious ways.

Sources: CBC | Sudbury.com