Theft

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Pope Benedict XVI on April 21, 2007, in Vigevano, Italy.

Pope Benedict’s pectoral cross still missing as thief faces prison sentence

May 8, 2024

By AC Wimmer

Addressing the court, the defendant said he knew that he did not appear credible but promised that the cross “would... Read more

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Mexican bishop: thief who stole Eucharist is excommunicated

Dec 4, 2023

By Diego López Colín

The prelate declared the act as “a violation of the sacred place [the chapel] and a sacrilege against the sacred... Read more

The Cathedral of San Luis Potosí in Mexico.

Constant thefts in churches plague Mexican archdiocese

Nov 30, 2023

By Diego López Colín

The Archdiocese of San Luis Potosí expressed its concern about the constant wave of thefts that is plaguing churches in... Read more

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Thieves repent, sacramentally confess, and return stolen objects to chapel in Spain

Nov 13, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

A week after desecrating and robbing a chapel in the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante in Spain, the thieves have confessed and... Read more

Interior of the Piura Cathedral in northern Peru.

Archdiocese in Peru calls for respecting sacred places following theft from poor box

Sep 18, 2023

By Diego López Marina

“This theft not only constitutes a serious offense to God ... but also constitutes an absolute lack of charity towards... Read more

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Ciborium with Eucharist stolen from primatial cathedral of Colombia

Sep 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

A complaint has been filed with authorities, so that a “corresponding investigation” could be conducted, according to a priest at... Read more

The tabernacle damaged by burglars at St. Monica’s in Santa Monica, Calif.

Livestream equipment, donations stolen from California parish

Apr 10, 2022

By Angelus News

Thieves tried to desecrate a tabernacle and got away with an estimated $150,000 in technology used to livestream services from... Read more

Church pews

Tabernacle, with Eucharist inside, stolen from Maryland Catholic church

Mar 30, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

A tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament located inside, along with other church belongings, was stolen from Catholic church in Hydes,... Read more

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament.

Ontario bishop announces prayer of reparation for stolen tabernacle

Sep 14, 2020

A Canadian bishop has announced a month-long prayer of reparation after the cathedral’s tabernacle was stolen and later found dumped... Read more

Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

Tabernacle found after theft from Ontario cathedral

Sep 9, 2020

The tabernacle that was stolen earlier this week from the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral in St. Catharines, Ontario was... Read more

Tabernacle.

Blessed Sacrament stolen from Texas Catholic parish

Nov 12, 2019

The pastor of a Catholic parish in El Paso, Texas is calling for prayer and reparation after a tabernacle containing... Read more

The heart of St Laurence O'Toole.

After shocking theft, heart of Irish saint returns home

Nov 16, 2018

The heart of St. Laurence O’Toole is again on public display six years after it was stolen, and 800 years... Read more

Stolen relic of St John Bosco's brain recovered

Jun 16, 2017

A relic of St. John Bosco, which had been stolen from an Italian basilica two weeks ago, has been recovered,... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley prays with brother bishops at his installation as the ninth bishop of Lincoln, Neb.

After break-in, Bishop Conley prays for burglar's conversion

Oct 13, 2015

When Bishop James Conley's residence in Lincoln, Nebraska was invaded and burglarized this weekend, he offered a message of forgiveness... Read more