(Madrid) On the night of March 9th to 10th, unknown perpetrators invaded the parish church of San Rafael Arnaiz Sanchinarro in Madrid and robbed the Holy of Holies. Archbishop and parish call for reparation.
The parish dedicated to the holy Trappist and mystic Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938) is still young. It is located in a new neighborhood of the Spanish capital. The church is a provisional one, since the future parish church is only under construction.
The perpetrators, apparently burglars, took things which seemed somehow precious. However, they also broke the tabernacle and robbed monstrance and ciborium. The consecrated Hosts were poured on the floor. The Custodia with the Body of Christ was also stolen, kept there in the form of a consecrated Host in the Monstrance.
The Episcopal Vicar celebrated an expiation on the day after the sad discovery.
The parish published a press release with an appeal to the perpetrators to return the Blessed Sacrament intact.
"We pray for the repentance of those who have committed the worst sin that can exist. We pray to make reparation for the sacrilege done to Our Lord. "
Members of the parish searched the area and all garbage bins for the body of Christ.
The declaration of the parish states, referring to the Lord present in Real Presence:
"This attack must make us love Him even more, love Him even for those who do not love Him, and for the times when we did not love Him enough."
Carlos Cardinal Osoro Sierra, the Archbishop of Madrid, will probably visit the parish today and celebrate a rite of expiation in the parish church. In the evening there will again be a rite of expiation with Eucharistic adoration.
[Update: 15:24 clock] Originally it was said that the parish is dedicated to the Archangel Raphael. An attentive reader pointed out the mistake. Brother Rafael Arnáiz Barón died at the age of 27 after a serious illness. In 1992 he was beatified by John Paul II and canonized in 2009 by Benedict XVI.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Parroquia San Rafael (screenshot)
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