Can you help with the date that the Pieta was damaged?

If there is anyone out there that can assist? My daughter is working on a theology project and looking for the date that the statue of the Pieta was shot at. We have looked every where and have been unsuccessful. We don’t have much more info on this. Any help or direction would be appreciated.

Thanks and bless you.


Here it is:

1972: Michelangelo’s Pieta is damagedMichelangelo’s famous Pieta statue in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City was damaged after a long-haired man swung a sledgehammer at it. “The statue, completed by Michelangelo in 1500, was shipped to New York World’s Fair in April 1964, reportedly insured for $10 million against damage in transit. After its return to the Vatican Pope Paul VI declared that it never again would leave its place in St. Peter’s,” an article in the Independent read on May 22, 1972.

It can be found here:

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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