Church says relic of saint stolen

LOWELL – When the Rev. Demetri Costarakis returned to church last Monday afternoon, he was immediately drawn to the front of the chapel. Something was different, wrong, out of place. The garments that usually sit atop a small, gold-plated chalice were on a shelf. The chalice was gone. Then Costarakis’s heart sank.

He immediately looked to the left, his eyes drawn to the mantel on a wooden shrine where a small, elaborately-decorated silver box containing a small piece of bone believed to be a 2,000-year-old fragment of the remains of St. Andrew, had sat on display.

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