Ciborium with Eucharist stolen from primatial cathedral of Colombia
Ciborium with Eucharist stolen from primatial cathedral of Colombia

CNA | Sep 7, 2022

Father Gonzalo Marín García, a priest of the primatial cathedral of Colombia in Bogotá, said in a statement released Sept. 6 that a ciborium containing the Eucharist that was used for daily Mass has been stolen from the cathedral.

Marín said the Archdiocese of Bogotá wanted to inform the general public “that in recent days a small ciborium where the Eucharist is reserved and is for daily use was stolen.”

The priest explained that the liturgical vessel is “approximately 15 centimeters in height” (about 6 inches) and was “recently manufactured,” so “it was not part of the artistic, religious, and patrimonial collection kept in the cathedral.”

Marín reported that a complaint has already been filed with the authorities, so that a “corresponding investigation” could be conducted.

Elmer Rojas, a councilman from Bogotá, commented on Twitter that this “worrisome theft is in addition to that of two Christian churches in Kennedy (a city district) in recent days. The insecurity in the city affects everyone and the (district’s administration) doesn’t seem to care.”

The primatial cathedral of Colombia has been a witness to the events that have taken place in the country and constitutes an epicenter of faith and a benchmark for culture and art, since its history dates back to the founding of the city on Aug. 6, 1538.
"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Abp. Lefebvre

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