This name derives from the Phoenician “hann ba'al > hanniba'al”, meaning “grace of Ba'al, my favor is with Ba'al, charitable is the lord”. Baal, also rendered Baʿal, is a northwest Semitic title and honorific meaning "master" or "lord" that is used for various gods who were patrons of cities in the Levant and Asia minor, cognate to Akkadian “Bēlu”. A Baalist or Baalite means a worshipper of Baal. Hannibal, (born July 5, 1851 in Messina, Italy, died June 1, 1927) is a saint venerated by the Roman Catholic Church. His father Francis was a knight of the marquises of St. Catherine of Jonio, papal vice-consul and honorary captain of the navy.
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