Christ statue in Peru damaged by fire days before pope visit

  • The Cristo del Pacifico (Christ of the Pacific) statue overlooks the seafront in Lima, Peru, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. The replica of the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro was set on fire days before Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in the South American nation. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • A man rests with his bicycle near the Cristo del Pacifico (Christ of the Pacific) statue in Lima, Peru, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. The replica of the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro was set on fire days before Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in the South American nation. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru — A giant Christ statue in Peru’s capital that was donated by a construction company at the center of Latin America’s largest corruption scandal was damaged Saturday in a fire, days before Pope Francis is set to arrive in the South American nation.

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