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Beatifications in Lebanon Offer Spark of Hope

Mychel AklClockwise from left: In Lebanon, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, President of the Congregation for the Proceedings of Saints, celebrates the beatification Mass June 4, 2022 for Lebanese Capuchin Fathers Leonardo Melki and Thomas Saleh who were martyred in Turkey under the Ottoman Empire, in 1915 and 1917 respectively. Images of Lebanese Capuchin Fathers Leonard Melki (left) and Thomas Saleh (right) in St. Anthony of Padua Church in their birthplace, Baabdat, Lebanon. Thousands gathered for the June 4 beatification Mass.

Great-nephew of one of the martyred priests was present at the ceremony on June 4.