300-pound statue of Hindu god Shiva stolen from NJ temple
WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — Police say someone stole a 300-pound statue of the Hindu god Shiva from a New Jersey temple the night before the Indian new year.
The Indian Cultural Society Hindu Temple and Mahatma Gandhi Center in Wayne is planning to offer a reward for information leading to an arrest.
The statue was discovered missing Wednesday morning.
The statue, which is valued at $6,200, is made of a five-metal alloy that contains copper gold and silver.
Shiva is believed to decide whether a soul is to remain with the gods or to be reincarnated.
Temple member Sanjay Desai called the theft heartbreaking.
Pope tells elderly its beautiful to be old, that society is judged on how it treats aged
ROME (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI told a group of elderly Romans that it’s ‘‘beautiful to be old’’ and that they still have much to offer society despite their limitations.
The 85-year-old pontiff said Monday he knows well the difficulties that come with age: He started using a cane occasionally earlier this year, and has slowed down. But his health remains robust and his schedule full. Monday, for example, took him out of the Vatican to a nearby residential home to mark Europe’s year of solidarity with the elderly.
Benedict urged the residents to not look back sadly on their youth but to enjoy their age now. He said: ‘‘The quality of a society, I'd say of a civilization, is judged by how well it treats its elderly.’’