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Resurrection Fellowship senior pastor Jonathan Wiggins speaks to members of the church after the unveiling during a service at the Loveland, Colo. church June 18, 2011 of a 5-foot-by-7-foot portrait of Jesus Christ by artist Enrique Chagoya. Chagoya was the artist whose work touched off days of protests and a violent act of vandilism in Loveland last fall. (AP Photo/Loveland Report-Herald, Steve Stoner)

Resurrection Fellowship senior pastor Jonathan Wiggins speaks to members of the church after the unveiling during a service at the Loveland, Colo. church June 18, 2011 of a 5-foot-by-7-foot portrait of Jesus Christ by artist Enrique Chagoya. Chagoya was the artist whose work touched off days of protests and a violent act of vandilism in Loveland last fall. (AP Photo/Loveland Report-Herald, Steve Stoner)

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LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) – An artist whose museum piece with religious tones was destroyed by a woman wielding a crowbar has created a new portrait of Jesus for a Loveland church.

Enrique Chagoya’s painting was revealed to a cheering congregation Saturday at Resurrection Fellowship Church. The Reporter-Herald reports it shows Jesus in a white cloth and red cape, holding a banner with the word “love” on it.

Chagoya previously created a lithograph at the Loveland Museum/Gallery that critics say depicted Jesus engaged in a sex act. Chagoya has said his work was mischaracterized and was a satire directed at corruption within the Roman Catholic Church.

After the piece was vandalized in October, Resurrection Fellowship Church pastor Jonathan Wiggins exchanged emails with Chagoya, who agreed to create a “loving” portrait of Jesus for the church.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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