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Lebanese Christians: Life and faith
As part of its series looking at Christians in the Middle East, the BBC News website spoke to six young Lebanese Christians.

Most of Lebanon's Christians are Maronite, a sect of Syrian origin which is named after the 4th Century Christian hermit St Maron. The church united with the Catholic Church in 1736, although it retains its own traditions and practices.

There is also a sizable Greek Orthodox community along with a host of other denominations.

Maysa Feghali:
Beirut, Lebanon

Janine Maalouf:
Beirut, Lebanon

Elias:
Rumaish, Lebanon


Johnny Kairouz:
Beirut, Lebanon


Joseph Eid:
Beirut, Lebanon

Joelle Badran:
Chouf, Lebanon

Relations between Christians and Muslims had calmed since the country's bloody civil war, however tensions have increased in 2005 following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

We asked our panel about their faith and the future of Christians, both in Lebanon and in the troubled Middle East region.

The readers' panel has been selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible and may not be representative of wider public opinion.



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