Police make arrest in theft of religious relic

By the Associated Press | June 16, 2011 | 10:44 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prayers have been answered for the recovery of a 780-year-old religious relic stolen from a church near Los Angeles.

Long Beach police announced Thursday that they have made an arrest and recovered the relic of St. Anthony of Padua stolen earlier this week from St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Details were to be released at a news conference later Thursday.

The artifact was stolen from inside a cabinet beside the altar on Monday — the feast day of the church's namesake. St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost items and missing persons.