Spirited Away: Art Thieves Target Europe's Churches

An article from Time and CNN reports on the large number of works of art stolen from houses of worship each year, a tragic loss of irreplaceable items that represents a lucrative business for thieves.

According to the article, "There were 1,785 reports of artwork stolen from places of worship in 2005, mainly in Italy, France and Russia. While that's only half the number reported stolen from private homes, it's a huge tally compared to the 281 robberies from museums and 232 from art galleries and dealers that same year."