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St. Sharbel relics make rounds through Metro Detroit

Over 2,000 people visit the relics of the Lebanese St. Sharbel at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Sterling Heights, Mich. on October 10, 2015. (Charlie Kadado/Lebanese Examiner)

(DETROIT) — The historic relics of Saint Sharbel made rounds through Metro Detroit this month, appearing in three Maronite parishes for believers to see and pray over.

More than 2,000 people visited the relics on Saturday at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Sterling Heights, Mich.

Hundreds of Chaldeans packed an evening mass presided over by Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Chaldean diocese.

“We’re very proud and we’re happy that it gets all the community together with the Lebanese people,” Lamia Sitto, a Chaldean parishioner from St George Chaldean Catholic Church, said.

Hundreds of people stood in line to touch and pray over the relics, which are visiting the U.S. from Lebanon.

“The Chaldean people have been shopping, praying and coming through for the last two days all day long,” St. Sharbel parishioner Char Fortuna said. “We kind of expected a huge crowd tonight.”

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