Thieves stole a golden jeweled tabernacle from St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York this week.
The tabernacle at the church dates back to the 1890s.
Via News12 Brooklyn
This was just the latest attack on a Catholic Church in recent months.
The Daily Mail reported:
Thieves stole a jewel-encrusted solid gold tabernacle worth $2 million from a Brooklyn church – and also beheaded one of its marble angel statues.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said an unknown number of thieves stole a tabernacle between Thursday night and Saturday from St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on 6 Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.
The brazen thieves reported cut a giant hole into the tabernacle with unknown equipment and extracted an 18-karat gold tabernacle with jewels from its casing.
The tabernacle – a large structure that holds the Eucharist in the form of a blessed host – sat under a domed archway inside the church. The giant structure was hidden by what appears to be a revolving gold door, which now has a large rectangular cutout where the thieves drilled into to access it.
Adding to reports of damage to Catholic churches nationally, St. Bartholomew the Apostle in Katy, Texas reported its tabernacle was stolen two weeks ago.