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Battle of Waterloo crucifix stolen
A British bishop has launched an appeal after a historic crucifix was stolen from the site of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.
- February 16, 2011
â€śBattlefields are places where people are called to pray for peace and the fallen, however long ago the fighting took place,â€ť said Bishop Richard Moth of the Military Diocese of Great Britain, CNS reports.
â€śThe openness to prayer and faith remains widespread among troops today, and the experience of active service very often brings out a religious element even among people who donâ€™t necessarily go to church at home,â€ť he said.
â€śSo any soldier would be appalled by this immoral theft, which is a terrible shame and disservice to the wider community.â€ť
Bishop Mothâ€™s comments were made as an international police hunt continued for the six-foot commemorative crucifix, which was believed stolen the night of Feb. 3 from the chapel at Hougoumont in Belgium.
In a Feb. 15 Catholic News Service interview, he said the crucifix was considered a key emblem by British regiments who took part in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparteâ€™s Grand Army, and had long been a reminder to anyone visiting Waterloo of the â€śmassive loss of life.â€ť
Bishop Moth said: â€śAs a link to the battle, which survived the raging fire at Hougoumont, it summoned people to reflect in a particular way on what took place there. Weâ€™re not always very good at learning lessons from our own history. But this crucifix always prompted visitors to consider the lessons to be learned from Waterloo.â€ť
Hunt is under way for crucifix stolen from Battle of Waterloo site (Catholic News Service)