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Chalices, Bass Guitar and Cross with Saint’s Bone Stolen from St. Anthony of Padua Church in San Francisco

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    A lifesize wooden statue of St. Anthony of Padua is among the 18th century statues inside Mission San Francisco de Asis, or Mission Dolores, in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1776 by Spanish Catholics, the mission was the sixth religious settlement established as part of the California chain of Catholic missions along the state's coast. It was the first church in San Francisco and is the oldest surviving structure in the city. The statues of saints inside the mission were brought to California from Mexico in 1796.

    Gold and silver chalices and a cross with a saint's bone embedded in it were stolen from a Catholic church in San Francisco's Mission District earlier this week, police said Wednesday.

    A priest at St. Anthony of Padua Church at 3215 Cesar Chavez St. discovered the theft Tuesday morning when he found a cable securing the rear door had been cut, police said.

    The thieves damaged the tabernacle in the church and stole items from inside it, including the chalices and cross. The theft is thought to have occurred some time between around 10:30 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

    Office manager Rosario Haro said the thief or thieves stole three chalices and a bass guitar, as well as the cross, and broke the locks on the church door and on the area where the items were stored.

    The chalices were old and will be difficult to replace, although they were insured. The relic, though, was "priceless," Haro said.

    "It's very upsetting," she said. "It's so sad because you can't get those replaced."

    Haro said the burglary was unusual for the church, and so far they have no idea who did it.
     

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