Pope Francis Honors A Lebanese Businessman With A Prestigious Award

Diana E.

Pope Francis bestowed the “Grand Order of St. Gregory the Great” upon the Lebanese businessman Michel Issa at the Vatican, citing his significant humanitarian and ecclesiastical contributions.

Michel accepted the medal from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, representing the Holy See, in the presence of his family members and distinguished religious figures, including Bishop Youhanna Boutros and Monsignor Charbel Anton and others.

Reflecting on the occasion, Issa described it as the pinnacle of joy in his life.

In a heartfelt message, Tony, the son of the honoree, expressed gratitude to Pope Francis, conveyed through Cardinal Parolin, for honoring his father’s philanthropic and community-driven endeavors.

He underscored his father’s unwavering commitment to the church and community, a legacy passed down through generations of their family.

Pope Gregory XVI established the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1831, which acknowledges individuals of exceptional character and accomplishment in service to the Church and society.

Remarkably, the order encompasses both civil and military divisions, reflecting its inclusive recognition of outstanding contributions across different spheres of society.

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