A religious relic dating back nearly eight centuries is believed to have been stolen from a church in Long Beach on Monday.

The item is known as St. Anthony’s relic. It is said to be more than 780 years old and had been with St. Anthony’s Church since it was founded more than 100 years ago.

Usually kept out of the public eye because of its value, the church put it on display this week to commemorate the patron saint of the church.

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