Thieves repent, sacramentally confess, and return stolen objects to chapel in Spain

“Now that the Lord has touched hearts, we can only say: Glory to God!” Munilla added, emphasizing that “the true solution is repentance, it’s returning to the will of God.”

The chapel in Quirón Hospital in Torrevieja (a town in the province of Alicante) was desecrated in the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 5, and according to the chaplain, Father Javier Vicens, the thieves took the tabernacle with the Eucharist in it, an altar cross, a chalice, a chasuble, a corporal, and a liturgical book.

The diocese said in a statement that “the profanation of the holy Eucharist is a grave act” and asked “that the parishes, religious communities, and faithful in general make acts of reparation for the sacrilege that occurred.”

The diocese emphasized that what is most serious beyond “stealing the material objects, which have their value and importance,” is “committing a sacrilege against the Eucharist.” Consequently, “any type of celebration in the hospital chapel is suspended until the bishop can make an act of reparation and redress for the incident that took place.”

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

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