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Virgin Mary, Harissa, Jounieh

..... ....Since the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lebanon was erected on the top of Harissa, visitors come from the whole world and from different religions and beliefs. The most important event was especially the visit of the Pope John Paul II in May 1997. Coming from the Pope Embassy he entered the Basilica and saluted the handicapped people in the front than he went outside were 150.000 people gathered waiting for him. Then his holiness addressed a message to the Lebanese youth. Thousands of visitors come everyday to Harissa, especially in feasts and remarkable events like to welcome the relic of St Therese in October 2002 and when the sanctuary received the statue of the virgin of Fatima in August 2003. For that, Harissa will always remain a place of holiness and reverence..... ....


Decree N. 2385 of 17/1/1924 as amended by law N. 76 of 3/4/1999 ( articles 2, 5, 15, 49 and 85 ) lays down as follows:
The author of a literary or artistic work, by the very fact of authorship, has absolute right of ownership over the work, without obligation of recourse to formal procedures . The author will himself enjoy the benefit of exploitation of his work, and he possesses exclusive rights of publication and of the reproduction under any form whatsoever. Whether the work in question comes under the public domain or not those persons will be liable to imprisonment for a period of one to three years and to fine of between five and fifty million Lebanese pounds, or to either one of these penalties, who
1-will have appended or caused to be appended a usurped name on a literary or artistic work;
2-will have fraudulently imitated the signature or trademark adopted by an author, with a view to deceiving the buyer;
3-will have counterfeited a literary or artistic work;
4-or will have knowingly sold, received, or put on sale or into circulation a work which is counterfeit or signed with a forged signature.
The punishment will be increased in the event of repetition.