The Relic of True Cross Goes Missing from Boston

“Spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston, Terrence Donilon, released the following statement Monday July 12:

Relic of the True Cross Stolen from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

On Thursday, July 1, staff from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross learned that the relic of the true Cross was stolen from the Cathedral’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Boston Police were immediately notified and an investigation was begun to determine who might be responsible. That investigation continues.

The relic of the true Cross is an important sacramental that helps Christians contemplate the crucified Savior and the great suffering he endured for the salvation of the world. The true Cross was discovered in the fourth century, and since then its particles have been diffused to the Church throughout the world. The Cathedral’s relic of the true Cross was brought from France in the Nineteenth Century and given to Bishop Cheverus, Boston’s first Bishop.” – Relic of True Cross Stolen from Cathedral”, Catholic Answers Forum

This was truly some unfortunate news to be informed of, and I for one am disappointed that somebody would take such an important relic from the Catholic Church. It also is disappointing that the Cross has been missing since July 1st and it was given twelve full days before an official statement was released at all. Hopefully the Cross finds it was back to its rightful place sooner rather than later, or never.