Heart of city’s saint stolen from Dublin cathedral

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The headlines underscore the oddness of the crime: “Saint’s heart stolen in Dublin” writes the Irish Times. The heart of the city’s patron saint, St Laurence O’Toole, was taken from the metal cage where it has been held for more than seven centuries, in Christ Church Cathedral.

A metal cutter was used, police say, to cut the bars. The crime appears to have taken place between 09:30 and 12:30 Saturday 3 March.

The newspaper says that he was born Lorcán Ua Tuathail in 1128 in County Kildare. He was canonized in 1225 and his heart has been preserved since the 131th century in Christ Church Cathedral.