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President Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez, then controlled almost all of Lebanon.
At the time, Cardinal Rai would appear at remote churches in the Metn hills to rage against Syria's murderous policies.
The land was purchased to establish the Sacred Heart Maronite Monastery which, once complete, will accommodate a cloistered community of up to 20 men.
The community is the only one of its kind in the eparchy.
As a result, on a visit to the United States, President Obama declined to meet the 71-year-old prelate, only months after the cardinal's 2011 election as patriarch.
And this weekend, the cardinal is off to Israel to see the Pope on his Holy Land tour, condemned by Hezbollah and castigated for his "historic sin" of visiting the land of Zionism. In many ways, Cardinal Rai is a typical Lebanese politician.
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Manal Akiki greets her husband Wissam George Akiki after his ordination as a priest at St.
His hometown of Sadad suffered deadly attacks by al-Nusra Front Islamist militants in 2013 and by the Islamic State in 2015.
The Maronite Monks of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, a new monastic order of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, have purchased 65 acres of land in Castle Rock in the Southwestern region of the State of Washington.
The Eastern rite eparchy (diocese) serves 50,000 registered Maronite Catholics (and many more unregistered) in 42 churches and missions the western United States, is under the authority of Bishop Elias Zaidan and is in union with Rome.
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His mother and brother fled the town, returned when it was safe, fled again when it wasn’t.