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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Pope Francis has given permission for a St. Louis deacon, who is married, to be ordained into the priesthood.

Deacon Wissam Akiki will be ordained this week at St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral. He will be the first married man to be ordained into priesthood under the U.S. Maronite Catholic Church, according to Eparchy of our Lady of Lebanon Deacon Louis Peters.

Deacon Akiki previously attended the Holy Spirit University in Lebanon, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary and the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Deacon Akiki will be ordained Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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