.- A convent in Uruguay reported on March 7 that a container holding 15 consecrated hosts has been stolen from the monastery chapel’s tabernacle.
According to the local bishops' conference, the Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary in the Diocese of Canelones also found a small monstrance containing the Eucharist, three metal crosses and several candelabra missing.
Intruders also stole the sanctuary lamp and choir organ and attempted to dismantle and steal the sanctuary's sound system.
The sisters attended a special Mass in the convent's chapel on March 9 to pray for the recovery of the stolen hosts.
Local bishop Alberto Sanguinetti of Canelones exhorted Uruguayan Catholics to offer “acts of love and reparation to Jesus in the Eucharist, whose love is scorned by those for whom He gave his life.”