Pope Francis Just Granted Lebanese Businessman The “Order Of St. Gregory The Great”

Jbeil Daily News

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

Issa graciously accepted the medal from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, representing the esteemed 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.

The statement also highlighted Issa’s charitable contributions in his parish of Mar Zakhia-Amchit, as well as his successful endeavors.

Established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831, the Order of St. Gregory the Great recognizes individuals of exceptional character and accomplishment in service to the Church and society, irrespective of religious affiliation.

Notably, the order includes both civil and military divisions, symbolizing its diverse recognition of outstanding contributions.

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