Archbishop appeals for return of relics of ‘true cross’

| October 12, 2011

GARDAÍ ARE investigating the theft of two religious artefacts from a church in Co Tipperary – one of which is said to contain a part of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

The relic was one of two artefacts were stolen from Holycross Abbey in Thurles at around 5pm yesterday, by two masked men carrying a portable angle grinder, a hammer and a screwdriver.

The relic was part of a silver artefact, dating from the 14th century and measuring around 12 inches in height, which comprised of a cross with two crossbars and two dark stones hanging from a chain.

A second artefact – a freestanding 12-inch cross, made from gold and bronze with a centrepiece used to hold communion host – was also taking in the raid.

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