Pirelli foots bill for Christ the Redeemer restoration

Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, don Orani Tempesta, blesses the start of restoration work

Last month, Rio de Janeiro’s world-renowned Christ the Redeemer was damaged by lightning strikes, with a finger on the right hand especially hard hit. Pirelli has announced that it is financing restoration work on the statue; this has already begun after its official launch and blessing by Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, don Orani Tempesta, and is expected to last three to four months.

“In 2014 Pirelli is celebrating 85 years in Brazil. Restoring Christ the Redeemer is the best thing we can do to thank this country and celebrate this anniversary,” said Paolo Dal Pino, president of Pirelli South America.

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