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Looking out past a wooden cross affixed to the glass door, Christian youth talk outside the Lady of Deliverance Church in Jounieh, Lebanon.....On February 27, 1994, a bomb exploded in the Our Lady of Deliverance Church in Jounieh, a Christian town just north of Beirut. It killed ten people and injured dozens of others. Father Antoine Sfeir remembers the event as if it happened only yesterday. "It was about 9.15 AM," said the 64-year-old priest, "I was about to read Paul when two bombs exploded next to the statue of Virgin Mary left of the pepitre."....Hit by shrapnel, the heavily bleeding priest was rushed to hospital. He stayed in intensive care for 70 days, lost 30 kilos, but survived. He was lucky in more ways than one, as the police later found three unexploded bombs in the organ. "I already wondered why it sounded so off tune," said Sfeir. ?We were saved by a 4-year-old girl who earlier that morning had climbed onto the pepitre and disconnected the wire."
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