Tuesday, June 14, 2011

780-year-old relic of patron saint of missing objects stolen from LA church in US

An ancient religious relic of St Anthony - the patron saint of lost causes and missing objects - was stolen from a Roman Catholic church in Long Beach, near Los Angeles.

The relic is brought out on special occasions, this time to mark the 780th anniversary of the saint's death, and had only been on display for a few hours.

A priest turned towards the relic at 9am mass, only to hear his parishioners gasp as they realised it had disappeared. The church had opened at 6am.


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