(AsiaNews) - A group of unknown persons desecrated the church of
St. Joseph in Juhu (Mumbai),
more specifically the Sacrament located in the Adoration Chapel. The fact was
discovered yesterday at 5 o'clock in the morning when the priest found the open tabernacle, some consecrated hosts scattered on the ground
and the box with the offerings unhinged and empty. Even
the monstrance and ciborium - containing
the sacred species - were taken away. The police are still on the trail of
On the same day Msgr. John Rodrigues, the new auxiliary bishop of Mumbai, celebrated a Mass of reparation. During the homily, the prelate urged the faithful to "pray for those who committed this act and invoke the mercy of God."
"It was clearly a theft - the parish priest, Fr. Vincent D'Mello explains to AsiaNews - because the monstrance in the chapel of Adoration and the ciborium of the tabernacle that is in the church are gold-plated. Even the consecrated hosts contained in the ciborium were stolen, we have found some in a corner of the parish. "