and Maronite hermit. He was born in 1828 in Lebanon and became a Maronite monk
at Annaya Abbey at the age of twenty. As a hermit, Charbel was famous for his
spiritual gifts, even among his Islamic neighbors. He spent almost a quarter
century displaying many miraculous abilities and was noted for his love of the
Holy Eucharist. Charbel died in 1898. He was beatified in 1965 and canonized in
1977 by Pope Paul VI (r. 1963-1978).