Rio's Christ Statue Chipped By Lightning Thumb damaged; middle finger hit last month By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Jan 18, 2014 3:10 PM CST 43 comments Comments In this July 12, 2013 file photo, Rio de Janeiro's Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta gives a sermon in front of the World Youth Day cross and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, file) (Newser) – Storms are chipping away at the 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. On Thursday night, lightning appears to have struck the statue's right thumb, officials say. Just last month, the middle finger on the same hand was also chipped, the AP reports. Fortunately, the Archdiocese of Rio has a stock of the stone used to build the statue, and the damage will be repaired, Father Omar Raposo says. Such strikes aren't rare, the Telegraph notes: They occur six times a year on average, weather officials say.