Unknown perpetrators broke into the Church of Our Lady in Ortenburg, broke a display case hanging there and stole Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński’s golden cross from it – informed the Bavarian Criminal Office (BLKA).
Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński’s golden cross was stolen from the pilgrimage church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ortenburg, Lower Bavaria. The theft occurred on Sunday, December 17. The absence of the pectoral cross of the Primate of the Millennium was noticed by a couple visiting the temple, the Bavarian Criminal Office (BLKA) said in a statement issued on Friday.
Cardinal Wyszyński’s cross was stolen
The stolen cross belonged to Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński. On August 15, 1981, shortly after the death of the Primate of Poland, it was donated to the church in Ortenburg on the occasion of the three hundredth anniversary of the temple. A golden pectoral cross (a decorative cross worn by higher clergy – ed.) hung in a display case mounted at a height of about two meters, secured with bulletproof glass one centimeter thick. Unknown perpetrators used “brutal force” to break the glass, says BLKA.
“At the moment, no information can be provided on the number of people involved (in the theft),” BLKA said in a statement issued on Friday. The office asks Ortenburg residents to report any information about the perpetrators of the burglary. He also appeals to the couple who discovered the theft to cooperate and contact the police.
Main photo source: polizei.bayern.de (Bavarian Criminal Police Office)