800-Year-Old Relic Stolen From California Church

Relic of St. Anthony, patron saint of missing objects, is missing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2011 4:00 AM CDT
This photo provided by the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Long Beach, Calif. shows a religious relic of St. Anthony that was stolen from the church yesterday.   (AP Photo/Father Brian Doran via the Long Beach Police Department)

(Newser) – Calling Saint Anthony of Padua: A relic of the patron saint of missing objects and lost causes has gone missing from a Catholic church in California. The relic was stolen from a cabinet in the church in Long Beach, where it had been on display to mark the 780th anniversary of the saint's death, reports the Los Angeles Times. Police have released a sketch of a woman suspected of stealing the relic. She was spotted behaving oddly in the church the day before the holy object disappeared.

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