Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday gave a green light for the election of Lebanese cleric Fr. Joseph Soueif as Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus.
The archbishop-elect is the representative for pastoral care and the implementation of synodal acts of the archeparchy of Tripoli diocese. Soueif was born in Chekka, Lebanon, in 1962 and ordained a priest in 1987.
There are 785,000 Maronites in Lebanon. They are Catholic Christians of Arabic origin, who settled in Cyprus 1,200 years ago from Lebanon.
The Maronite Church is one of the largest Eastern-rite communities of the Roman Catholic Church and is especially prominent in modern Lebanon.
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