Sunday, March 04, 2012
Patron saint’s heart stolen – bizarre burglary at Dublin cathedral in Ireland
The preserved heart of Dublin’s patron saint, St Laurence O'Toole, has been stolen from Christ Church Cathedral.
In a bizarre burglary, the thief ignored gold chalices and candlesticks and prised open iron bars around a heart-shaped wooden box that protected the 12th-century relic.
The heart, a major pilgrimage site since the middle ages, is priceless but would be difficult to sell.
St Laurence O'Toole was born Lorcan Ua Tuathail in Castledermot, Co Kildare, in 1128 and became Archbishop of Dublin in 1162. He died in Normandy in 1180 and was canonised in 1225 because of miracles that are said to have happened at his tomb.