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Officials are searching for an ancient, religious artifact that was allegedly stolen from a Catholic church in San Francisco.
Church leaders are heartbroken and parishioners are praying for the safe return of a relic, which is a prized and sacred possession at Dominic’s Catholic Church.
The relic is believed to be part of the cross where Christ was crucified.
Sunday mass at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church is a time for prayer and reflection. But on Sunday, there was sad news for parishioners. “This past Thursday, the church was robbed of a very sacred item,” St. Dominic’s Catholic Church Father Michael Hurley said.
The church’s most treasured relic believed to contain a fragment of the true cross was stolen from a display case. “The true cross is a relic that goes back 2,000 years to the very cross of Christ himself. For it to be stolen in this kind of very deliberate way is certainly both upsetting and very saddening,” Hurley said.
Hurley showed ABC7 News how a thief or thieves popped out a lock on the case and made off with a relic, leaving behind the red waxed papal seal from the 1700’s. “It’s just devastating,” church member Suzanne Avila said.