Pope Francis has appointed Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi as a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

It said the decree was issued on June 30, 2016.

At the age of 71, al-Rahi was elected patriarch of the Maronites on March 15, 2011.

He was designated a Cardinal by pope Benedict XVI on November 24, 2012.

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