Christianity in the Middle East

23Jun08

Diversity is the spice of lifeNo where in the Middle East is Christianity so openly celebrated. Yesterday, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, Premier Fouad Seniora and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri attended the beatification ceremony of Father James (Jacques) Ghazir Haddad (1875-1954) in central Beyrouth.

The Vatican beatified today the Lebanese Capuchin priest in a ceremony attended by tens of thousands in the Lebanese capital. In addition to founding the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of the Cross in Lebanon in 1933, the Venerable Father Haddad, or Abouna Yaacoub as he is known in Arabic, founded numerous hospitals, hospices and schools in the tiny east Mediterranean country.

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