Sacred Objects Stolen From an Italian Church

Country: Italy

Date of incident: April 4, 2023

On the 04. April, intruders broke into the church Santa Caterina da Siena in Coverciano (a suburb of Florence). Sacred objects, including four chalices, and two pyxins (host holders) were stolen. Also, loudspeakers and microphones have been stolen. A parish priest's helper raised the alarm when he noticed that the window of the entrance door had been smashed on Monday morning. Also, a copper gutter was partly torn off the wall. The value of the damage is yet to be estimated. The police are investigating.

The parish priest, Don Sergio, commented: "All we could do was file a complaint, and hope it never happens again. Unfortunately, this is not the first episode to occur against the parish, a central point in the social and religious life of the area. In fact, the church of Saint Catherine of Siena had already been the scene of some similar incidents in the past years."

Source: Firenze TodayLa Nazione

Symbolic illustration by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash