780-year-old relic stolen from LB church

| June 15, 2011

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — A religious relic dating back nearly eight centuries is believed to have been stolen from a church in Long Beach on Monday.

The item is known as St. Anthony's relic. It is said to be more than 780 years old and had been with St. Anthony's Church since it was founded more than 100 years ago.

Usually kept out of the public eye because of its value, the church put it on display this week to commemorate the patron saint of the church.

The relic was encased in a golden container and on display inside a glass case near the altar. But when this morning's mass got under way, the relic was gone.

"It doesn't belong to you. It belongs to a lot more people," said Father Jose Magana, the pastor at the church near 6th Street and Olive Avenue. "It belongs to, not only our church, but it belongs to all of us."



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