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Relics of Fatima child saints stolen from Italian church

The relics of two Fatima child saints have been stolen from a church in Verona while they were travelling on a pilgrimage tour in Italy.

Fr Andrea Ronconi said small pieces of clothing belonging to the Portuguese shepherd children, who were made saints in 2017, were stolen on Wednesday.

Police are looking for two suspects.

Fr Ronconi, priest at the Jesus Christ Divine Worker parish, said he was “heartbroken and mortified” by the theft, which also included copies of a crown and Rosary of the Fatima Virgin Mary statue.

Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who reported visions of the Virgin Mary more than 100 years ago, were declared saints on 13th May 2017.

Picture: Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, centre, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima. (CNS photo/EPA).