Dublin, Ireland, Nov 16, 2018 / 08:49 am
The heart of St. Laurence O'Toole is again on public display six years after it was stolen, and 800 years after the death of the saint.
The relic was stolen from Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral in March 2012 by someone who is believed to have hidden overnight in the building. The relic had been kept in a heart-shaped wooden box behind an iron cage. The thief lit two candles on the cathedral's Trinity altar before leaving, state broadcaster RTE News reports.
After receiving credible intelligence, police found it undamaged in April 2018 following a search in Dublin's Phoenix Park. The heart was promptly returned to the cathedral, but was not put on public display until a new shrine could be built.
Police have tested the reliquary for fingerprints and other evidence but have not yet made any arrests.