Three Kings go missing

Three Kings go missing
THREE KINGS: Statues similar to these stolen from the Pare Pere chapel in Denia Photo credit: Pixabay

MELCHOR, Gaspar and Baltasar have disappeared from the Nativity scene at the Pare Pere chapel in Denia.

Fr Enrique Oltra who is in charge of the chapel was surprised at the theft. “Our Crib is very simple and modest,” he told the local Spanish media.  “It is such a pity that they should have left us without the Three Wise Men as Christmas approaches.”

Fr Oltra has been prominent in moves to beatify Fray Pedro Esteve (1583-1658), known as Pare Pere (Father Pedro), a Franciscan hermit who spent his last years in the small stone hut beside the chapel.


The priest suggested that the theft must have taken place on Monday last week, as all the Crib figures were present when he closed the chapel the previous day.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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