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The preserved heart of Dublin's patron saint has been stolen from the city's Christ Church Cathedral, officials say.
The thief would have needed metal cutters to prise open the iron bars protecting the wooden heart-shaped box holding St Laurence O'Toole's heart.
Police believe it happened between some time between Friday night and about 12.30 GMT on Saturday.
"They specifically targeted this, they wanted the heart of St Laurence O'Toole," a church spokeswoman said.
"It's completely bizarre," she said, adding that valuable gold chalices and gold candlesticks were ignored b
Originally posted by nolabel
reply to post by captainnotsoobvious
It looks as if it was planned, so hardly likely to have been drunk kids.
Gold chalices and gold candlesticks were ignored, so probably not art/antiquities thieves .
The heart had no monetary value, so an insurance scam by the church would be pointless.
Weirdo pagans seems the most likely seeing as this isn't the first relic to be targeted.
edit on 3-3-2012 by nolabel because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by lacrimaererum
some previosu items were taken because they were thought to be valuable material. gold & silver etc. after appeals they were often returned.
this however is straight out bizzare. they left the valuable material to take a heart. and they knew what they needed to break it out so it had been planed.
Your source is the London based BBC and putting the thread title into a search engine brings up hits and links to various news sources as diverse as The Lancashire Evening Post, HuffPo, World News and the lebanese Naharnet via Agence France Presse...
I also think that if these items had been removed from a mosque there would have been more in the news about them.
Due to the great number of miracles that rapidly occurred either at his tomb or through his intercession, he was canonized only 45 years after his death...
...St Laurence's skull was brought to England in 1442 by a nobleman named Sir Rowland Standish (relation of Myles Standish) who had fought at Agincourt. The bones were interred at the parish church of Chorley in England, now named St. Laurence's. The bones disappeared in the Reformation under Henry VIII's rule.
Originally posted by captainnotsoobvious
reply to post by Azadok
Yes, good point that your faith is the one true faith and everyone else is an idiot and satanic. A well considered position I'm sure.
BTW: Bizarre, not bazaar.edit on 3-3-2012 by captainnotsoobvious because: (no reason given)