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Precious chalices stolen from parochial house

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

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A PARISH priest has been left "saddened and annoyed" after a burglary at his parochial house.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the burglary at St Peter's Chapel in the Great George's Street South area of Warrenpoint.
It is understood to have happened some time between 1am and 3am last Saturday (4 March).
The front window of the house was smashed and one room ransacked while a number of valuable items were stolen including two chalices - one gold (pictured) and the other silver.
The theft of the religious vessels is concerning Canon John Kearney the most.
He said: "I have had them a very long time. They have a long history and I really think they would not be worth very much to whoever took them.
“The parishioners are very disappointed as they feel that their church house is always open and for this to happen is very sad.
“It is not something that we ever anticipated would happen."
Canon Kearney said their theft has caused him a lot of personal worry and annoyance.
The parish priest said he would not mind what way they are returned to the parochial house, even if it is anonymously.
“I am very saddened by the fact they have gone missing," he added.
Police have asked anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to contact detectives on the non-emergency police number 101, quoting reference 258 of 4/3/17.
Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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