Icons: No Euphoria in Astoria

No Euphoria in Astoria

St. Irene may be the patron saint of peace, but last week her image provoked an unseemly squabble. Two days before Christmas, thieves stole a small jewel- encrusted painting of the saint from St. Irene Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which is located in Astoria, a predominantly Greek neighborhood in New York City. The icon, which congregationers say began to shed tears at the prospect of the Persian Gulf war, is valued by the church at $800,000. Church leaders went on television to plead for the icon's return. New York Mayor David Dinkins -- and the Mafia -- joined the appeal. On Dec....