Rome Newsroom, Sep 24, 2020 / 07:00 am
This week a relic of St. Pope John Paul II was stolen from a cathedral in central Italy, while a church in Sicily was also robbed and the Eucharist desecrated.
A gold reliquary with a relic of the blood of St. John Paul II was discovered to be missing from a chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of Spoleto on the evening of Sept. 23, according to the Italian daily L’Avvenire.
In a video message Sept. 24, the archbishop of Spoleto said he received the news of the theft with sorrow.
Archbishop Renato Boccardo asked the perpetrator to “return and restore the relic to the cathedral. What I am asking is a gesture of responsibility and seriousness.”
The relic was a gift from the archbishop of Kraków to the Archdiocese of Spoleto-Norcia in 2016. The archdiocese planned to move the relic to a new church in honor of the Polish saint on Oct. 22. This year the Church is marking the 100th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s birth.
The relic was, in the meantime, being displayed for veneration in the chapel of the crucifix, which is enclosed by a gate.
A gold reliquary with a relic of the blood of St. Pope John Paul II was stolen from a chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of Spoleto in Italy, while a church in Sicily was also robbed and the Eucharist desecrated.— EWTN News Nightly (@EWTNNewsNightly) September 29, 2020
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