Brazil: The lightning strike is one of the traditional forms of smiting attributed to the Christian God when he does not approve of something. So, has God finally decided to do something about ostentatious displays of piety, something his son warns against in Matthew chapter 6?
A lightning strike has damaged a thumb of Rio de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer statue.
The thumb on the right hand of the 38m (125ft) statue was hit during a storm on Thursday night, officials said.
Or was it a completely different imaginary friend?
Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue's thumb chipped in storm—BBC News, 18 Jan 2014.