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New Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites

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Bechara_RaiPope Benedict XVI has granted the "Ecclesiastica Communio" requested of him in accordance with the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches by His Beatitude Bechara Rai, canonically elected as Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites by the Synod of Bishops of the Maronite Church meeting in Bkerke, Lebanon, on 15 March.

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