Nearly a year after Beirut blast, Maronite leaders still helping residents

In a flash, people’s lives were forever changed shortly after 6 p.m. Aug. 4. And from the moment after the blast, the driving concern for Maronite Catholic Archbishop Paul Abdel Sater was to be beside the people of his archdiocese in their suffering and to keep them in their homes. That night, Abdel Sater accompanied an injured priest and employee to the hospital. The chancery, located about a half mile from the epicenter of the blast, was badly damaged. The employee later died. By the next morning, the archbishop had formed a crisis committee. Members set up tents alongside three stricken Maronite churches in Beirut to meet with families and determine their needs. Parish priests also visited families, blessing their homes.

Nearly a year after Beirut blast, Maronite leaders still helping residents

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