Police are helping are searching for clues into the theft of a relic of the True Cross stolen from St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco.
During Mass on Sunday, Father Michael Hurley, O.P. made the announcement saying “This past Thursday, the church was robbed of a very sacred item.” That relic was a fragment of the True Cross of Jesus Christ, in a reliquary bearing a Papal Wax seal, still intact from the 1700’s.
That relic was a fragment of the True Cross of Jesus Christ, in a reliquary bearing a Papal Wax seal, still intact from the 1600’s. The True Cross, according to tradition, was discovered by Saint Helena in Jerusalem in 325.
The thief or thieves only took the wood fragments and left behind the reliquary. “For it to be stolen in this kind of very deliberate way is certainly both upsetting and very saddening.” said Father Hurley.
St. Dominic’s website said the relic was a “treasured place of prayer that has brought consolation to those who are weighed down by the crosses of their lives.”
Unfortunately, there were no security cameras inside the church and no witnesses.
“We’re hoping that the thief will have a change of heart and perhaps we can discover it again and restore this important relic to our church,” said Father Hurley. A sign has been put on the display case asking for someone to return the relic, no questions asked.