Heart of St Laurence O'Toole stolen from Dublin cathedral

Police in Dublin, Ireland are puzzled by the theft of the heart of St Laurence O'Toole, a 12th century relic housed at Christ Church Cathedral. The heart, in a wooden box, was stolen March 2, 2012 when the protective metal bars were cut.

St Laurence O'Toole is the patron saint of Dublin who was born Lorcan Ua Tuathail in Castledermot, Co Kildare, in 1128. His shrine has been a popular pilgrimage site since medieval times.

Nothing else was stolen during the theft, although valuable items were readily available. This is the latest in a series of thefts involving Catholic relics in Ireland during the past few months.