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Madonna recovered from Costa Concordia

Gregorio Borgia / AP

A statuette of the Virgin Mary and of baby Jesus are seen inside a tent of the Italian firefighters after being recovered from the chapel of the Costa Concordia cruise ship.


The Costa Concordia ran aground Jan. 13 off the coast of Italy, resulting in the evacuation of thousands of passengers as the ship began heavily listing.

On Friday a plaster statue of the Madonna was recovered from the doomed Costa Concordia cruise liner’s chapel by fire department divers. She was displayed for the press on Saturday with a small baby Jesus that was also salvaged from the wreckage.

The man in charge of the team which rescued the statue said he had taken the time to recover the relic when there were still 21 people missing because "it seemed like the right thing to do."

"When we entered the crumbled churches around L'Aquila after the earthquake, we always recovered the sacred objects," Fabio told Reuters, asking that his last name not be used.

-- Reuters contributed to this blog post.