Parish stunned by sacrilege act
The Monstrance was taken from St Peter's Church in Warrenpoint
Members of a County Down parish have been left stunned by the theft of a Monstrance from their church.
The Monstrance, which contained the Host, was taken from St Peter's Church, Warrenpoint at lunchtime on Tuesday.
Very Reverend Canon John Kearney said that although the artefact was valuable, it was "the sacrilege" which had upset his congregation.
"It has caused, certainly, a palpable sense of shock and sadness in the community," he said.
"It's a special day in the parish because many, many people come to the church in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament to take time out to pray, to reflect."