Thief steals money from nun trying to buy ticket for Lenten dinner


BOSTON ( -- An 85-year-old nun is offering her forgiveness to the person who robbed her on Friday afternoon.

Sister Alice Kenneally was walking down Tremont Street at about 12 p.m. on her way to purchase tickets to a Lenten dinner when a man snatched the money right out of her hands.

The sister says she was taking her money out at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help when a man took the only $6 she had with her.

"I said 'that's my money,' he said, 'I didn't take anything.' I said, 'It's right in your hand,'" Sister Alice recalled of the incident.

The thief ran away with Sister Alice's $6 in tow.

"He must need it more than I do, I feel sorry for him," says Sister Alice.

The sister says she would have given him the money if he said he needed it. She was uninjured in the incident.

Officers who canvassed the area could not find the suspect they described as Hispanic, in his late 30s, with a slim build, a receding hairline and wearing a black leather jacket.

The imposing basilica, also known as the Mission Church, is one of the largest churches in the Boston Archdiocese.

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