|Cristo Blanco, Cusco, Peru, October 2003|
THE STATUE OF CHRIST, ARMS OUTSTRETCHED, THAT STANDS OVER RIO DE JANEIRO is probably more famous than the shorter one that overlooks Cusco, just a short walk from the ruins at Sacsayhuaman. I had no idea it was there when my guide took me there on my third day in Peru.
The White Christ, or Christo Blanco, was a gift to Cusco, built by Palestinian Christian refugees in Peru in 1945 before they returned home after the war.
It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.