St. Anthony needed

By | June 14, 2011

“Tony, Tony, turn around. Something’s lost and must be found.”

It’s an old prayer/request that’s been around for a while. I myself have used it over the years.

Now it seems we may need it to find the saint of Padua himself.

A relic of St. Anthony, belonging to St. Anthony Parish in Long Beach, Calif., was stolen on Monday, June 13. Monday was the feast of St. Anthony and was the 780th anniversary of the saint’s death. So Fr. Jose Magana, pastor, had placed the golden reliquary on display over the weekend. It was the first time it had been on display in 9 years. I In the space of two hours, by the 9 a.m. Mass on Monday, it was gone.

Police are looking for a woman in her 30s who had shown intense interest in the relic over the weekend. Long Beach police Lt. Paul Arcala said the relic is in a 16-inch tall case flanked by angel-shaped handles of gold and silver.
For a police sketch of the suspect, see the New York Times website.

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