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beatification comes as Lebanon is drowning in a catastrophic economic

beatification comes as Lebanon is drowning in a catastrophic economic meltdown in which poverty is now a reality for nearly 90 percent of the population.tertertertertetert

beatification comes as Lebanon is drowning in a catastrophic economic

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Published: June 07, 2022 09:34 PM GMT

Updated: June 21, 2022 04:11 AM GMT

Like a light piercing through the darkness of despair in beleaguered Lebanon, two martyred Lebanese Capuchin priests were beatified on the eve of Pentecost.

The beatification comes as Lebanon is drowning in a catastrophic economic meltdown in which poverty is now a reality for nearly 90 percent of the population.

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The new blessed martyrs — Capuchin Fathers Leonard Melki and Thomas Saleh — were persecuted and killed in Turkey under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and 1917 respectively.

Thousands gathered for the June 4 beatification Mass celebrated by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, in the courtyard of the convent and psychiatric hospital complex of the Franciscan Sisters of the Cross in Jal El Dib, overlooking Beirut and the Mediterranean.

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