Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi on Saturday granted the “path to sainthood” honor to late Lebanese Patriarch Elias Al-Hoayek, after that Pope Francis had signed the exceptional degree of holiness.
The Patriarch pointed out that the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints has completed scrutinizing the evidence in Al-Hoayek’s holiness.
It is noted that one more verified miracle is needed for the late Patriarch’s beatification.
“We ask for his intercession so that graces appear through him and so that Lebanon remains the land of the saints,” the Patriarch said.
Elias al-Hoayek was born in Helta, Batroun, North Lebanon on December 4, 1843. He studied at the Seminary College of St. John Maroun in North Lebanon and later joined the Jesuit seminary of Ghazir in 1859.