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Maronite World Youth Day

BEIRUT (AsiaNews): The World Maronite Youth Day kicked off in Lebanon on July 13 to offer young Maronites born outside the country an immersion experience in an Antiochian-Syriac cultural and human environment out of which the culture of their rite grew.
Organised by the Patriarchate Youth Pastoral Office along the model of World Youth Day, the 10-day international gathering of young Maronite Catholics has attracted some 450 overseas enrollments from across the five continents.
Others came from the Mideast, including Syria, to join the 1,000 or so locals for the event which will include a tour of significant Maronite centres around the country.
Between July 19 and 23 the massed gathering headed to the north of the country. The Maronite patriarch of Antioch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, met with the gathering on July 19 and 22, before the final Mass was celebrated on July 23.

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