Pectoral Cross of Late Pope Benedict XVI stolen

The pectoral cross that the late Pope Benedict XVI used to wear around his neck has been reported stolen from a church in southern Germany where it was on display.

CNA’s German-language partner news agency, CNA Deutch, reported that unknown perpetrators had broken open the display case on the wall of St. Oswald’s Church in the city of Traunstein during daylight hours on Monday. The police had also reported that cash have been stolen from the cash register of a literature stand in church.

It is said that the value of the cross to the Catholic Church is “not quantifiable,”  according to the police. Authorities have announced, asking anyone who saw anyone suspicious near St. Oswald’s on Monday or has any other information to come forward. The Traunstein district attorney’s office is leading this investigation.

The missing cross is one of several of its kind, Munich archdiocese spokesman Christoph Kappes said. It was sent to Traunstein after Benedict resigned, and went on display at the location it was stolen from in 2020, he told German news agency.


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