Theft and Desecration of the Eucharist in Molfetta
Date of incident: June 11, 2020
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
The parish priest of San Gennaro in Molfetta, Don Sergio Vitulano, reported that on the morning of June 12th he had noticed the number of consecrated hosts was significantly reduced compared to those placed in the ciborium during the Mass of the previous day. He also reported finding a consecrated host on the ground. The security camera footage revealed that a recognizable woman, observed in the area in the previous days, had entered the church and had taken numerous consecrated Hosts from the tabernacle by hurriedly putting them in her pocket and leaving the church.
Vicar General Don Raffaele Tatulli, in the name of the Bishop, issued the following message:
"I invite the diocesan community to pray in all the celebrations of the Holy Masses, on the occasion of Corpus Christi, as an act of reparation for the sacrilegious gesture of the desecration of the Eucharistic species which took place in the parish of San Gennaro in Molfetta. May the same prayer be of consolation and support to Don Sergio and his community."