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[[clerical celibacy|Celibacy]] is not strictly required for Maronite deacons and priests outside of North America with [[parish]]es; monks, however, must remain celibate, as well as bishops who are normally selected from the monasteries. The bishops who serve as eparchs and archeparchs of the eparchies and archeparchies (the equivalent of diocese and archdiocese in the Latin Catholic Church) are answerable to the Patriarch. Due to a long-term understanding with their Latin counterparts in North America, Maronite priests in that area have traditionally remained celibate. However, in February 2014, it was announced that Wissam Akiki had been granted permission to be ordained into the priesthood by [[Pope Francis]]. The St. Louis father will be the first married man to be ordained to the Maronite priesthood in North America and will not be expected to uphold a vow of celibacy.<ref>http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2014/02/24/wissam-akiki-ordained-as-priest-maronite-catholic-church/5785101/</ref>
 
===Eparchies===
 
The church has twenty six eparchies and patriarchal [[vicariate]]s as follows:<ref>[http://www.bkerkelb.org/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=39&Itemid=90 Church website], accessed 2011-03-20</ref>
 
In Lebanon: [[Zahleh]], [[Tyre, Lebanon|Tyre]], [[Tripoli, Lebanon|Tripoli]], [[Sidon]], [[Jounieh|Sarba]] (vicariate), [[Jounieh]] (vicariate), [[Zgharta]] (vicariate), [[Joubbeh]] (vicariate), [[Jbeil]], [[Beirut]], [[Batroun]], [[Baalbeck]] and [[Deir el Ahmar]] and [[Antelias]]
 
In Syria: [[Latakia]], [[Damascus]] and [[Aleppo]]
 
In Israel: [[Haifa]], Holy Land and the Patriarchal Vicar
 
Elsewhere: [[Cyprus]], [[Cairo]], [[Eparchy of San Charbel of Buenos Aires (Maronite)|Buenos Aires]], [[Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of São Paulo|São Paulo]], [[Maronite Eparchy of Saint Maron of Sydney|Sydney]], [[Eparchy of Saint Maron of Montreal|Montreal]], [[Mexico]], [[Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles|Los Angeles]] and [[Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn|Brooklyn]]
 
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