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October 23, 2021
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Four people stole Saint Nectarie relics from Bucharest monastery

The relics of Saint Nectarie were stolen, yesterday morning, from the Radu Voda Monastery in Bucharest by four individuals, three of whom were caught shortly afterwards by police officers. According to a spokesperson for Bucharest Police, inspector Christian Ciocan, quoted by Mediafax, the theft occurred around 4:00. The four broke into the Radu Voda Monastery in the centre of the capital, stealing Saint Nectarie’s relics and a small amount of money they found in the church. Three of the thieves were caught shortly afterwards, while the fourth, who managed to escape, was identified and is hunted by the police. The police spokesman added that Saint Nectarie’s relics and the money were recovered and returned to the Radu Voda Church. Radu Voda Monastery, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, has had as its protector, since 2002, Saint Nectarie the Healer. Fragments of Saint Nectarie’s relics, given to the Mother Superior in 2002, lie in a reliquary in the right side of the church, under a canopy. Saint Nectarie, believed to heal cancer, is celebrated on November 9.

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