The preserved heart of St Laurence O’Toole, Dublin’s patron saint has been stolen from the city’s Christ Church Cathedral. The theft occurred sometime between Friday night and noon on Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the cathedral said it was opened at 9.30am this morning and there was no of a forced entry. She said the thieves did not take valuable gold chalices and gold candlesticks in the chapel, but only took the relic. “It’s completely bizarre,” she added. “They didn’t touch anything else. They specifically targeted this, they wanted the heart of St Laurence O’Toole.”
The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral and the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough, the Most Reverend Dermot Dunne, commented that the relic “has no economic value but it is a priceless treasure that links our present foundation with its founding father, St Laurence O’Toole.”
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