December 13, 2010

Three historic relics of crucifixion preserved at a 10th-century church under the Syro-Malabar Irinjalakuda Diocese in India's Kerala state were discovered missing Nov. 30.

Police are investigating the disappearance of the relics from the Holy Cross Shrine Church Mapranum in Irinjalakuda.

"Everyone is stunned here as the sacred relics have been stolen," Bishop Pauly Kannookadan of Irinjalakuda told Catholic News Service Dec. 1.

The stolen relics include what is believed to be a piece of the cross on which Jesus was crucified, a blood stain of Christ and a piece of the towel with which his face was wiped during the Passion.