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The Lebanese parliament elected 81-year-old Michel Aoun, pictured in 2015, as president (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA)

Michel Aoun, 81, will be the only Christian head of state in the Arab world

Nadim Gemayel, a member of the Lebanese Parliament, greets Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral in Brooklyn (CNS)

Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church, visited to New York to discuss a permanent solution to Middle East refugee crises

Syrian refugee children at the Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan form the word "Syria"  (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)

Region’s Christian leaders choose to meet in Damascus to show their solidarity

Cardinal Bechara Rai (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Maronite Catholic patriarch briefs ambassadors on Middle East crisis

Maronite patriarch blesses baby during visit with refugees in Iraq

The patriarchs visited refugees and prayed with them at three churches in Irbil

Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X and Cardinal Bechara Rai, talk in Bkerke, the Maronite patriarchate north of Beirut

Cardinal Bechara Rai has appealed for help to find two kidnapped Syrian bishops and three priests

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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The Pope greets a girl after this morning's general audience (AP)

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