“Christ the Redeemer needs help. Not even the Catholic Church can escape the effects of the crisis that has hit the country. For the first time in 85 years, the internationally known monument will be the target of crowdfunding. Almost US$1.5 million is spent yearly to guarantee maintenance, services and employee salaries at the shrine. Institutional partnerships among Rio’s Archdiocese and private companies are no longer enough.
In an attempt to overcome the problem and avoid harming projects being performed at the location, the “Friend of Christ the Redeemer” campaign is being launched on Tuesday, at the top of Corcovado. It is geared not just towards the faithful, but towards business owners and residents that are touched by the situation at the country’s most visited tourist spot. Donation can be made online or via deposits to the bank account associated with the shrine.
A similar situation only happened prior to construction, in two campaigns put on by the Catholic Church in the years 1923 and 1929. They were public donations, which amounted to 500 contos de réis, guaranteeing the monument’s construction.
— Historical records show how beautiful the whole mobilization of the Brazilian people was, dedicated to making donations to build Christ the Redeemer. The same needs to happen now, for its conservation and for the maintenance of sociocultural works that we do — highlights the pastor of the Christ the Redeemer Sanctuary, father Omar Raposo.”
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As a bonus, to know how Christ was going to look, see the 1923 mockup below (click to enlarge). A few more ideas, plus a text on other possible locations for the monument, are here (PT). For my post Rio B.C. about what Corcovado looked like before Christ, go here