Saint's heart stolen from church

2012-03-04 14:21

Dublin - Somewhere in Ireland, a burglar has the heart of a saint.

Officials at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin say they're distraught and perplexed over the theft of the church's most precious relic: the preserved heart of St Laurence O'Toole.

O'Toole was Dublin's archbishop from 1162 to 1180. His heart has been displayed in the cathedral since the 13th century, stored in a wooden box and secured in an iron cage.

Police say someone cut through the cage on Saturday and stole the relic in its heart-shaped container. They're studying closed-circuit TV footage but have arrested nobody.

The dean of Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday said he feels devastated. He says the relic has no economic value but is priceless to those who visit the cathedral to pray in a chapel dedicated to O'Toole.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-04 14:47

    Read your Book of Spells, relics amount to worshipping false idols. All your Saints and relics go against the very book the Catholics believe in. I hope the thief washes it down with a nice Cianti.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-04 15:49

      LOL Steve

  • HendrikAfrika - 2012-03-04 18:26

    Should not have stolen it, just chopped it into pieces as the catholics worships these saints which is akin to worshipping idols as gods.

      Mattewis - 2012-03-04 19:52


  • Oso - 2012-03-05 07:02

    why would those death cult creeps want a preserved human heart anyway?

  • Previn - 2012-03-12 09:35


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