The lieutenant-colonel Marcos Pontes has a life full of achievements. He’s a Brazilian Air Force pilot, engineer, AEB astronaut and author. He became the first South American and the first Lusophone to go into space when he docked onto the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-8 on March 30, 2006. He is the only Brazilian to have completed the NASAastronaut training program.
The astronaut is the Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation since 2018.
Yesterday, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, a Brazilian citizen, was officially received by the Minister at his office at the Ministry in Brasília, the capital of Brazil.
For approximately one hour, the Minister and his team discussed a cooperation between the Ministry and the Royal House of Ghassan. In the end of the meeting, the prince has bestowed upon the Minister the rank of Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel.
Above: Prince Gharios bestowing the Order of Michael Archangel to the Astronaut Marcos Pontes, the Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Ministry in Brasília
More about the Minister and Astronaut HERE
More about the Order HERE
More about the Royal House of Ghassan HERE
More about the Prince HERE
Above: HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with His Eminence Dom Sergio Rocha at the Brasília’s Cathedral of Our Lady Aparecida
Today, during a short trip to Brasília, the capital of Brazil, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has participated on the Holy Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Aparecida at the Federal Capital of Brazil, presided by His Eminence Dom Sergio Rocha the Cardinal Archbishop of Brasilia. After the mass, the prince visited the Cardinal and presented His Eminence with a DVD of the documentary “The Christian Kings of the Middle East“.
Above: decree with the signature of the President of the Lebanese Republic, recognizing the Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan and authorizing an official branch in Lebanon
Another historical moment for the Ghassanids all over the world. After three long years of a very bureaucratic process, The Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is officially recognized by the Lebanese Government. Two documents, one the decree signed by the judge from the ministry of interior, and by the Lebanese President and Head of State, the Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan is fully recognized with the consent of the Council of Ministers and the permission for an official branch in Lebanon is granted. The recognition is on the same level of the order of Malta and the Red Cross.
Important to note that very few non-reigning Royal Houses are officially acknowledged by the governments currently ruling their previous territories, for example, the Royal Houses of Portugal and Albania.
Congratulations to HH Sheikh Dr. Elie Gharios, the president of the Lebanese branch, and his team for this great achievement!
(Sworn English legal translation soon)
Below: the decree from the Lebanese Ministry of Interior recognizing the Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan
Yesterday, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has visited the movie set of “Outlaw Johnny Black” starring the international action star Michael Jai White. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and starred as the character on the TBS/OWNcomedy-drama television series Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. He portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson. He also played the title role in the blaxploitation parody film Black Dynamite, as well as the animated series of the same name.
More about Michael Jai White HERE
Last Saturday, at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, a solemn investiture and promotion ceremony was held. The event was promoted by the Equestrian Order fo the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem – US East Lieutenancy, with the presence of the Order’s Grand Master and Pope’s Representative, His Eminence Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the Governor General His Excellency Ambassador Count Leonardo Visconti di Modrone amongst several dignitaries both from clergy and laymen.
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (Latin: Ordo Equestris Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani, OESSH), also called Order of the Holy Sepulchre or Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, is a Roman Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the Holy See. The Pope is sovereign of the Order. It is the only order of chivalry, together with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, that is recognised and protected by the Holy See.
The order today is estimated to have some 30,000 knights and dames in 60 Lieutenancies around the world, including monarchs, crown princes and their consorts, and heads of state from countries such as Spain, Belgium, Monaco, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
Membership of the order is by invitation only, to practicing Catholic men and women—laity and clergy—of good character, minimum 25 years of age who have distinguished themselves in their professions and for the concern of the Christians of the Holy Land.
The honour of knighthood and any subsequent promotions are conferred by the Holy See— through diploma sealed and signed by the Assessor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State in Rome as well as the Cardinal Grand Master — which approves each person, in the name of and by the authority of the Pope. The candidate is then knighted or promoted in a solemn ceremony with a cardinal or major prelate.
Above: HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor receiving his promotion to “Knight Commander” from the hands of the Pope’s representative, His Eminence Cardinal O’Brien, the Order’s Grand Master
Commander (Italian: Commendatore, French: Commandeur, German: Komtur, Spanish: Comandante, Portuguese: Comendador), or Knight Commander, is a title of honor prevalent in chivalric orders and fraternal orders.
The title of Commander occurred in the medieval military orders, such as the Knights Hospitaller, for a member senior to a Knight. Variations include Knight Commander, notably in English, sometimes used to denote an even higher rank than Commander.
Above: HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor (left) with the Order’s Governor General His Excellency Ambassador Count Leonardo Visconti di Modrone (right)
The prince was invested in the Vatican’s Order in 2014 at the Our Lady Cathedral in Amman, Jordan by special decree of the His Beatitude Monsignor Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and Grand Prior of the Order (before his retirement in 2016)
Above: the HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor‘s investiture (Amman, Jordan, 2014)
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