The judicial police of Braga arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of stealing the relic with the remains of the late Bartolomeu dos Mártires, who was recovered on Thursday in Viana do Castelo.
In a statement, the PJ of Braga today said that the "stripped and already salvaged piece of sacred art" contained a vortex regarded as a relic of Archbishop Frel Bartolomeu dos Mártires, of great sentimental value and subject of great religious devotion is
The 25-year-old "alleged author of Viana do Castelo".
The remains of Bartholomew the Martyrs who were stolen from the Church of Viana. Late Thursday afternoon, a qualified robbery of the sacred art was arrested, at which the first judicial hearing will be held on the application of the coercive measures deemed appropriate. "
Theft during the afternoon" on Tuesday in the church of São Domingos in the parish of Monserrate in Viana do Castelo.
The warning about the disappearance of the relic was communicated to the local PSP on Tuesday around 16: 30 Since it was a sacred art, the case was reported to the PJ of Braga, who took over the investigation.
At that time, Vasco Gonçalves, pastor of the Church of São Domingos, Lusa, reported that the stolen gold metal reliquary "has no great commercial value, but what it contains inside,"
"It is immeasurable for the Deep devotion of the people of the river and the town of Viana do Castelo, Friar Bartolomeu dos Mártires is a reference, as if they had robbed us of much. "[PopeFrancisapprovedthecanonizationofBlessedBartholomew'smartyrsin2016withouttheattributionofoneWundersaprocessthathasnotyetculminated
Bartholomew the Martyrs was born on 23 March 1845 by Pope Gregory XVI. and venerated by John Paul II on November 4, 2001.
The Blessed was born in Lisbon in May 1514 and entered the Dominican Order on November 11, 1528, having been elected Archbishop of Braga in 1559. He died on 16 July 1590 in Viana do Castelo.
In Viana do Castelo he was known to have commissioned the construction of the Santa Cruz Monastery – later called São – Domingos, as the adjacent church – but above all for his commitment to the poor. He retired on February 23, 1582 as Archbishop and retired to the monastery he built in Viana do Castelo, where he died on July 16, 1590.
Bartolomeo dos Mártires has always been called by the people "the Holy Archbishop, Father" means the poor and the sick "and insisted in life on the deposit of his remains in this monastery, at a time when the local diocese did not exist and
The same church was targeted on Monday In an attack attempt, the "very old" image of Our Lady of Sorrows was "damaged".
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The damaged image belonged to the old church of Monserrate, built in 1621 and meanwhile deleted in 1916.