A controversial statue of a naked Amazonian pregnant woman seen at Amazon Synod events was taken from a Church in Rome and thrown into the Tiber River.

The wood-carved figures have been at the heart of contention surrounding the synod, with some making claims the figure is the indigenous Amazonian pagan goddess of Mother Earth “Pachamama.”

Others have said the figure is the Virgin Mary, however that was claim denied by the communications official for the Amazon synod last week, who instead simply called it an “indigenous woman who represents life” with “no sacred value.”

At early dawn this morning in Rome, two men entered the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina and took the statues from a side chapel. They then went to the Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge and threw them into the Tiber River.

They anonymously uploaded footage of the events to Youtube, garnering nearly 100,000 views in less than 12 hours:

Their caption on a second video uploaded from the account includes their reasoning behind their actions:

“This was done for only one reason: Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, his blessed Mother, and everybody who follows Christ, are being attacked by members of our own Church. We do not accept this! We do not longer stay silent! We start to act NOW! Because we love humanity, we can not accept that people of a certain region should not get baptizedĀ and therefore are being denied entrance into heaven. It is our duty to follow the words of God like our holy Mother did. There is no second way of salvation. Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!”

Asked about the events, Paolo Ruffini, head of Vatican communications, who said the figure represents “life, fertility, the earth,” called their actions a “stunt.” Likewise, Father Giacomo Costa, communications official for the synod, said it “doesn’t make sense.”

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