“E pluribus unum” from the Latin “Out of many, one“. That’s the motto written on the United States seal and on the wall of the US Congress. That’s the synthesis of the American republic and of democracy.
Yesterday, the whole world watched perplexed the riots at the United States capital. Scenes seen in many “banana republics” all over the world but never in the mighty America.
But I believe it was a wake up call to everyone that a democracy is extremely fragile no matter where you are and everything can change in a heartbeat. It shall be protected and nurtured with meticulous attention and care.
Another lesson learned, I hope, is that a true leader should unify, not divide.
In my name and in the name of the Royal House of Ghassan, I sincerely wish that yesterday’s events, even shocking, will end up strengthening the American democracy since the United States of America is a great nation in which I’ve the privilege of residing. I renew my best wishes to president elect Joe Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris that they shall be able to conduct this great nation through this crisis assuring the greatness that this country and people deserve.
“E pluribus unum”, from many, one. Unity respecting the differences, that’s the pathway to a successful democracy and that’s the fabric that this great nation is made of.
God Bless America and God Bless the American people!
In April, as part of the One Voice for Christians’ initiative, the Royal House has released a series of videos raising awareness about the situation of Christians in the middle east in association with Tyche-Fortuna Entertainment and co-sponsored by the IIRF – International Institute for Religious Freedom and the GH – Gebende Hände (Giving Hands International Charity of Germany). Also, a small documentary about IDC – In Defense of Christians, one of the most important organizations in the world for the cause.
The Italian Heraldic Council was founded on 18 November 1948. The functions of the College of Heralds of the Kingdom of Italy having been abolished following the fourteenth transitory and final disposition of the Constitution of the Republic of Italy (“The law declares the suppression of the College of Heralds”), the Italian Heraldic Council set itself the following principal aims: checking the historic legitimacy of concession titles; establishing the validity of geological trees; carrying out research of a historic and genealogical nature; collecting coats of arms, in order to safeguard the historic heritage of the Italian nobility.
In 1966, the head office was moved to Milan and, in 1993, Don Francesco Maria Mariano Duke of Otranto became the Grand Master, notifying the Ministry for Education and the Ministry for the Interior that the Institute “aims to operate as a cultural body in the training and promoting sphragistics, genealogy and diplomatic studies in the widest sense linked to heraldry, as subjects which require a fundamental revitalisation”.
In 1994, the Marquises Arardo Maria and Renato Maria Spreti – sons of the Marquis Vittorio Spreti, promoter and director of the Italian Historic and Noble Encyclopaedia – granted the Italian Heraldic Council the exclusive right to transpose the text of the Italian Historic and Noble Encyclopaedia into a data bank operating on any type of magnetic support.
On 19 April 1995, the Association, in agreement with the aforesaid sole heirs of the Marquis Vittorio Spreti, assumed the name Italian Heraldic Council – Marquis Vittorio Spreti Institute; on the same occasion, the Duke of Otranto became the President of the association and the head office was moved to its final home in Padua.
After the death, in 2000, of the Marquis Arardo Maria, the position of Vice-President of the Council was taken over by the Marquis Renato Maria Spreti, second son of Vittorio, whose experience, coordination and spiritual as well as material guidance, provides us with particular, invincible stimuli.
Ever since its foundation, the Institute has pursued the aim of scientifically encouraging studies in heraldry and genealogy, as well as providing advice for the granting or recognition of titles, coats of arms and predicates of nobility, even in the realm of jurisdiction and the law, in Italy and abroad; this is done in order to safeguard the history of the homeland and to seek and preserve heraldic, noble, genealogical, bourgeois and chivalrous values.
Among other things, the Council deals with:
* the illustration of noble and bourgeois coats of arms and the realisation of family coats of arms ex novo, with respective registration by notary, filing and possible publication in the Official Gazette (as well as recording in the Italian Grand Armorial Register); * etymological studies, with particular reference to the etymological origin of surnames; * carrying out formalities for the admission to orders of chivalry; * the publication of editorial works of particular historic and heraldic interest, including the Iconographic Archive of Orders of Chivalry and the Italian Grand Armorial Register, etc. * the issue of opinions pro veritate, of a technical heraldic nature, and, for services provided by the Higher Institute of Noble Law, of a chivalrous and noble nature; * all types of investigations in the national, municipal and parish registers, and wherever may be considered necessary for the greater accuracy of research.
The Italian Heraldic Council can count on the interest and loyalty of over 16,000 clients or appreciators, and has delegations in many countries, including the United States of America, Spain, the Principality of Monaco, France, Austria, Japan, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, the Ukraine, Armenia, China, the United Arab Emirates, etc.
I’d like to congratulate president elect Joe Biden and vice-president elect Kamala Harris for the victory in the 2020 elections. Regarding the fraud accusations by President Trump, we support that they should be meticulously investigated and adjudicated and if, and only if, it’s proven beyond the reasonable doubt its significant impact on the numbers, the results should be contested. Otherwise we hope and pray for a peaceful transition. God Bless America!
Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M., as the Patriarch of Jerusalem on Saturday. He was serving as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem since June 2016. The Patriarch also assumes the position as Grand Prior of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.