STOLEN BELLS RETURNED TO ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL
SAN FRANCISCO, SEP 2 (ZENIT).- Three priceless bells, stolen from San
Francisco's Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral during reconstruction
after a 1998 fire, were mysteriously returned on Wednesday. The three
bells, part of a set of seven donated by Russian Czar Alexander III in
1888, were found on the church's doorstep four days after their
disappearance, neatly packed in boxes. On Tuesday, a man had come to the
rectory and told the rector's daughter that he had purchased the bells for
$250 on the street and wanted to give them back "no questions asked."
Holy Trinity is the oldest Orthodox Cathedral in the continental United
States. "This is the birthplace of Russian America," stated the rector, Fr.
Victor Sokolov. Noting the multicultural fabric of San Francisco, he added,
"These bells add to this happy sound."