Father Gonzalo Marín García, a priest of the primatial cathedral of Colombia in Bogotá, said in a statement released Sept. 6 that a ciborium containing the Eucharist that was used for daily Mass has been stolen from the cathedral.

Marín said the Archdiocese of Bogotá wanted to inform the general public “that in recent days a small ciborium where the Eucharist is reserved and is for daily use was stolen.”

The priest explained that the liturgical vessel is “approximately 15 centimeters in height” (about 6 inches) and was “recently manufactured,” so “it was not part of the artistic, religious, and patrimonial collection kept in the cathedral.”

Marín reported that a complaint has already been filed with the authorities, so that a “corresponding investigation” could be conducted.

Elmer Rojas, a councilman from Bogotá, commented on Twitter that this “worrisome theft is in addition to that of two Christian churches in Kennedy (a city district) in recent days. The insecurity in the city affects everyone and the (district’s administration) doesn’t seem to care.”

The primatial cathedral of Colombia has been a witness to the events that have taken place in the country and constitutes an epicenter of faith and a benchmark for culture and art, since its history dates back to the founding of the city on Aug. 6, 1538.

In its 200 years of existence, the current cathedral has welcomed figures such as the pontiffs St. Paul VI, St. John Paul II, and Pope Francis.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.