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About Abuna Yacub

Khalil Al-Haddad (1875-1954), known as Abuna Yacub, was a Lebanese Capuchin friar revered as the Man of Divine Providence. He distinguished himself as a dedicated preacher and was the driving force behind the founding of numerous orphanages, nursing homes, schools, and hospitals across Lebanon. His selfless service to the poor and needy garnered him respect and honors from Lebanese presidents during his lifetime. In his era, he was often compared to Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Giovanni Bosco for his unwavering dedication to charity.In 1930, Abuna Yacub founded the Congregation of the Lebanese Franciscan Sisters of the Cross, an order that continues his legacy of charitable work to this day. The process of his beatification began in 1979 when he was declared a Servant of God. Pope John Paul II conferred upon him the title of Venerable on December 21, 1992. His beatification was later approved by Pope Benedict XVI,with the ceremony, presided over by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, taking place on June 22, 2008, in Beirut.Abuna Yacub's legacy continues to resonate through his profound commitment to the welfare of the sick and elderly, not just in Lebanon but globally. His enduring spirit is manifest in the Sisters who serve in his institutions and in all those who devote their time, resources, and empathy to lessen the suffering of those in need.

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