March 5, 2012 by staff
900-year-old Heart, Police in Ireland are studying security camera footage from a cathedral in Dublin after the preserved heart of the city’s patron saint was stolen over the weekend, they said Monday.
The 900-year-old heart of St. Laurence O’Toole was taken from the iron cage where it is normally kept in Christ Church Cathedral, police and the Cathedral said.
The bars were wrenched open, allowing access to the heart-shaped wooden box that held the relic bolted to a wall in Saint Lauds Chapel, Irish police said.
Security cameras cover the cathedral’s welcome desk, but not the interior of the chapel or the cathedral, police said.
The heart disappeared between Friday evening and Saturday noon, police said.
Cathedral staff called the disappearance of the relic “truly awful and strange” and said they were “shocked and saddened.”
An empty cage once held the heart of 900-year-old saint.
Adding to the mystery, there was no sign of a break-in, police told CNN.
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