Priceless 12th-century Codex Calixtinus manuscript presumed stolen from the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela
There’s a plethora of sad news out there, as there always is, and like many I have become somewhat hardened. But for some reason the news that the Codex Calixtinus is missing – presumed stolen – from the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Spain, has particularly saddened me.
I often read of thefts from churches and get the feeling that nothing is sacred to some. I’m not pretending this is a new phenomenon, churches are soft targets. And of course it’s not solely about the thieves themselves, but the fact that there is obviously a black market for such objects, that fuel these thefts.
I do wonder how the thieves and buyers can live with themselves.
A priceless 12th-century Catholic manuscript is missing from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Spain and is presumed to be stolen.
The Codex Calixtinus is a medieval guidebook written for those on pilgrimage to the historic Galician town where the apostle St. James is traditionally believed to be buried.
Fr. Jose Maria Diaz Fernandez, the dean and archivist of the cathedral, told a July 7 press conference that “The Codex is so much part of Santiago that around the world people do not cite one without mentioning the other.”
Fr. Fernandez says he was first alerted to the loss on Tuesday evening. He called the police to the scene on Wednesday.
“We do not know if it’s been stolen by a collector or a band of professionals. What we can do is offer our full cooperation to the police.”
“It is the first time that such a thing has happened in this archive. Pray to the Apostle (St. James) to help us to recover the book as soon as possible.”
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