Thief steals 900-year-old heart of Saint Laurence O’Toole

The iron cage that held St. Laurance O'Toole's heart inside Christ Church Cathedral.

“Stolen heart” takes on a literal meaning after the preserved vital organ of St. Laurence O’Toole was pilfered from a church in Dublin, Ireland.

The 900-year-old heart was kept inside a wooden heart-shaped box inside an iron cage bolted to a wall for the past 800 years. The thief pried it open to steal the heart, but left other valuables inside Christ Church Cathedral behind, according to the Catholic News Agency.

“The outpouring of emotion of horror at such a crime is quite notable,” said church dean Rev. Dermot Dunne. “It’s showing how much Laurence O’Toole is in the hearts of people.”

St. O’Toole is heralded as “the person who established the faith in Dublin.” He died in Normandy, but his heart was returned to Ireland to symbolize his love for Dublin.

Dunne described the theft as “something that you couldn’t do on a whim or just on the spot.”

“It would need to be prepared with a proper wire cutters and so on, so it looks like it was planned,” he said.

Preserved relics of saints, like clothing, artifacts or body parts, are commonplace within Catholicism.  

St. Anthony’s 780-year-old bone was stolen from a Long Beach Catholic church last year. Three relics, believed to be part of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified, were snatched from the Holy Cross Abbey in Co Tipperary last year, but later returned.


Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1


MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing


MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox


2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.