Syrian Uniate ch., chiefly in Lebanon; name perhaps derived from Maro(n) (Maroon; d. ca. 410), a hermit to whom a monastery on the Orontes in N Syria was dedicated; probably originated in 7th c. ;controversy over Monothelitism*; in union with Rome since 13th c.; played a significant role in modern Lebanese politics.
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