Church Recovers Its Chunk of St. Anthony

Woman busted after 800-year-old relic recovered
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2011 4:00 AM CDT
The relic included a fragment of bone from St. Anthony, who died 780 years ago this week.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – A Catholic church in Long Beach has been reunited with its piece of the patron saint of missing things. The 780-year-old relic of St. Anthony of Padua, a sliver of bone encased in a gold and silver reliquary, was stolen earlier this week. Police found the relic displayed in the living room of a 41-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of burglary, AP reports.

"St. Anthony is the patron saint of travelers and lost things, but today he's also the honorary saint of the Long Beach Police Department," said the church's pastor, crediting both hard work by police work and plenty of praying for the relic's recovery.

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