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charbelSharbel or Charbel was born in 1828 in Bekaa-Kafra Lebanon.  He became a Catholic Maronite monk, taking his vows at the monastery of St Maron Annaya.  From 1875 he lived as a hermit, with the Holy Eucharist as the source and summit of his life, and his reputation for holiness spread far and wide.  He died on 24 Dec 1898, having suffered a stroke while celebrating Mass. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2849

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