Monstrance Stolen from Church in Schophoven

Country: Germany

Date of incident: November 3, 2023

A valuable monstrance, among other religious objects, was stolen from St. Barbara Church in Schophoven during the night of November 3. The mayor of Schophoven, Matthias Hahn, entered the church in the morning to find the tabernacle opened. Liturgical objects, including the monstrance, were stolen. Some of the items taken were a goblet spoon, a ciborium, and a drinking cup. A St. Barbara relic fell to the floor and was bent, but not taken. The sacristy door was also broken open, and the wall safe had been removed from the wall and broken into.

Police say that there have been many church break-ins in the area this year. The perpetrator has not been caught and the stolen items have not been recovered.

source: Aachener Zeitung

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