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California: stolen St. Anthony relic recovered, arrest made

June 17, 2011

Police in Long Beach, California, have arrested Maria Solis, 41, in conjunction with the theft of a relic of St. Anthony of Padua from a parish on June 13. The relic was discovered undamaged in her living room and has been returned to the parish; the suspect is not a parishioner.

“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 Father Jose Magana, pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish.


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  • Posted by: rpp - Jun. 17, 2011 7:43 PM ET USA

    Thank the Lord and the Saints for the safe return of this irreplaceable relic. Assuming the perpetrator is sane, I wonder of the motive is a confusion between a sacramental object and a superstition.