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Lebanese turn to faith to break political stalemate

The statue of Portugal's Our Lady Fatima will visit several regions in Lebanon in a convoy of Christian leaders, many of whom believe that the tour will help Lebanon elect a president.
A statue of the Holy Virgin Mary of Fatima is carried during a candlelight vigil at the Fatima holy shrine in central Portugal  May 12, 2014. Thousands of pilgrims are on their way to the Fatima Shrine to attend the 97th anniversary celebrations of the first appearance of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante (PORTUGAL - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION) - RTR3OV1C
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FATIMA, Portugal — Christians in Lebanon seem to have lost hope in politics and politicians and decided to resort to religion for solace, as the Catholic churches in Lebanon have taken steps to consecrate their country to the "immaculate heart of Our Lady Fatima."

The statue will be brought all the way from Portugal to roam the regions of Lebanon and visit four Catholic patriarchates amid various political and religious expectations.

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