English diocese protecting threatened Crucifixion mural

CNA. The Diocese of Salford, UK has reiterated its commitment to preserving and protecting a historic Catholic mural in a church, following increasing concerns about its survival due to the threat of vandalism.

The artwork was created in 1955 by George Mayer-Marton, a Hungarian Jew who sought refuge in the UK following the spread of Nazism and has been granted Grade II listed status by the UK Government.

The celebrated piece depicts the Crucifixion of Christ and resides in the Church of the Holy Rosary in Oldham, a large town in Greater Manchester, England.

The church was closed in 2017, “leaving the mural vulnerable to decay and vandalism”, the Catholic Church in England and Wales noted in August 2022.