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Rock breaks window at Cathedral of Holy Cross

The damaged stained glass window covered by a wooden board at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.Archdiocese of Boston

An original stained glass window at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End was broken Wednesday night after a man threw a rock through it, officials said.

The window was located in the chapel on the lower level of the Union Park Street side of the church.

“While [the stained glass] did not depict a saint, the multi-colored panels are orginal to the Church which was built in the 19th century,” said Timothy McGuirk, a spokesman for the cathedral.

The damage is estimated at about $3,000, McGuirk said.

The window is in an area where the archdiocsese completed external renovations were last year, according to Terry Donilon, the archdiocese spokesman.


The cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Boston police are investigating the incident, which was reported shortly after 6 p.m., said Stephen McNulty, a department spokesman.

A man is believed to have thrown the rock and then fled on foot at about 6:15 p.m., he said.

The incident occured one day before the cathedral is set to receive the heart of St. Padre Pio, a relic of the popular Italian saint that is expected to draw large crowds to the cathedral on Thursday and Friday.

The vandalism is not expected to impact the relic’s historic visit, McGuirk said.

“We look forward to receiving the heart of St. Padre Pio . . . and providing a safe venue for the people of Greater Boston to venerate the relic,” McGuirk said.

Martha Schick can be reached at martha.schick@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MarthaSchick.