Priests found a whopping $40,000 in a Roman Catholic Church inside a confession box after originally believing the money package was a bomb, according to The Guardian Friday.
The Santa Maria delle Grazie nelle Forcini located near the Vatican boasted approximately $42,305 hidden inside a confession box located by a chair belonging to a priest, The Guardian reported. Police were called to the scene Wednesday after Father Giovanni Martire Savina found the surprising treasure. The expensive findings were composed in piles of €50 bills, worth approximately $59 in two plastic bags, according to according to The Local. (RELATED: Landslide Miraculously Stops Just Before Crushing Italian Church [VIDEO])
“Until a few years ago every now and then someone would leave substantial monetary offers, even €1,000, but never this much, ” Savina said, according to The Guardian. “Certainly, such a sum would be useful for the church, but not to the detriment of someone else.” (RELATED: Robot Finds $17 Billion Worth Of Treasure Trapped Inside Shipwreck)
“At the moment we are not excluding any hypothesis,” Salvatore Friano, the police officer leading the investigation, told Il Messaggero. (RELATED: Researchers Find ‘Holy Grail’ Of Shipwrecks With $18 Billion Of Treasure Onboard [PHOTOS])
“We are checking the origin of the banknotes and surveillance cameras in order to try to establish if [the money] came from a benefactor who wanted to donate to the church or someone who wanted to get rid of it,” Friano added.
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Police believe that someone may have illicitly acquired the money and later left the money at the church as a form of repenting for their sin.
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