PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A sentimental piece of jewelry belonging to Bishop David Zubik has gone missing.
Zubik wore the six-inch gold and silver cross with vestments every morning during mass at Saint Paul seminary in east Carnegie. He wore it last Friday. He said someone had placed it in a different drawer, but the next day it was gone.
The cross is valued at $1,450, but that’s not why Bishop Zubik wants it back. The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says the cross means a lot to him.
“It was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI on the day that he became pope. The other thing significant about it, it was the last gift from my mother before she died,” he explained. “It has a very special significance to me.”
The cross was kept in a safe place, the priest sacristy. The door is always locked. Only the people who live or work at St. Paul Seminary have access to this room.
Sources tell KDKA-TV police have questioned two maintenance workers at St. Paul Seminary, but have not arrested anybody.
Meantime, Bishop Zubik says he will not press charges against the person responsible. He just wants the cross back.