Daring Robbers Desecrate Catholic Church

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ZTN News Reporter

ST. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Zimbabwe’s second largest city Bulawayo has been temporarily shut down following two break-ins at the parish in a space of three weeks.

Three weeks ago, thieves broke into the parish house and man-handled the resident priest Father Louis Chileshe before getting away with his personal property as well as church property worth more than US$1,500.

The latest burglary took place in the early hours of Monday when there was no one at the premises and the culprits got away with wine, sacrament and musical instruments among other items. The value of the damage done to the premises is yet to be established.

Father Chileshe confirmed this in an interview with ZTN News.

“There is an act that we call the secretion that they never showed respect for, even the items that we consider sacred in our worship here.

“We are still looking into the receipts and other documents to attach value to the damage that was done to the property because some of the items were bought a long time ago,” he said.

ZTN also spoke to Bulawayo Provincial Police Spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube who said investigations into the robbery were underway.

“As Zimbabwe Republic Police we are investigating the case and we are appealing to members of the public who might have information that can lead to the arrest and recovery of the lost property to
come forward,” he said.