A tabernacle was stolen from a cathedral in Canada
The Bishop of St. Catharines, Ontario is pleading for thieves to return the consecrated hosts after the tabernacle was stolen from the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral on Tuesday. Bishop Gerard Bergie of St. Catharines pleaded for the two people who took the tabernacle to return it, along with its contents.
“The tabernacle can be replaced. It’s the contents (…) that is what is so precious to us. That’s what’s irreplaceable,” said Bergie, adding that he hopes that no harm is done to the Blessed Sacrament.
The tabernacle is made of steel, but has two bronze-coloured doors, said the bishop. He suspected that perhaps the thieves thought the tabernacle was made of gold, or perhaps had a more nefarious intent with stealing the hosts.
Video footage captured two people, believed to be a man and a woman, breaking into the cathedral at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the 8th of September. As it was dark, it has been difficult to determine a clear image of the suspects.
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral was hit by numerous instances of theft and vandalism during its renovations in 2019, including the theft of bronze and copper lampposts almost exactly one year ago.