Royal couple visits Cardinal Koch in Rome

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His Eminence Cardinal Koch (left) with Princess Viviane and Prince Gharios

Last Tuesday, August 22nd 2017, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor and HIRH Princess Consort Viviane had visited His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch in Rome.

Since 2010, His Eminence is the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Pontifical Council is a very important dicastery of the Roman Curia being responsible for the Ecumenical dialogue of the Catholic Church with all the other Christian denominations in the world as all of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, all of the Protestant denominations, etc.  Cardinal Koch is also a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. On November 30th 2013, Pope Francis named Cardinal Koch a Member of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He was also appointed a member of the Congregation for Bishops

 

Prince Gharios El Chemor receives U.S. Special Congressional Recognition

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Diploma of Prince Gharios’ US Congressional Special Recognition

In 2014, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has received his first U.S. Special Congressional Recognition by the initiative of the Honorable Congressman Brad Sherman (California). Last month, by the initiative of the Honorable Congressman John Yarmuth (Kentucky), Prince Gharios has received the second award from the U.S. Congress due to his humanitarian and volunteer work.

 

Pontifical secretary of protocol receives the Order of Saint Michael

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Monsignor Karcher receiving the Order of Saint Michael from Prince Gharios El Chemor

During his last trip to Rome, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has bestowed upon the Pontifical ‘Ceremonieri, Monsignor Guillermo Karcher, the rank of knight of the Order of Saint Michael Archangel.  

Monsignor Karcher was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is one of the responsible for the Pontifical Protocol being very close to Pope Francis.  The Monsignor has a brilliant carrier in the Vatican Secretary of State being serving in the Roman Curia for many years.

Prince Gharios has honored Monsignor Karcher not only for his impeccable carrier serving the Church but also in gratitude for his always kind attitude and assistance being such a gracious host every time the prince visits Rome.

The Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel was ‘erected canonically‘ (recognized as an association under canon law) on September 29th 2016 by a decree of ‘motu proprio’ by His Excellency Don Roberto Ferreria Paz, Diocesan Bishop of Campos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More about the Order HERE

Prince Gharios El Chemor meets fashion legend Valentino

 

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Prince Gharios El Chemor meets fashion legend Valentino Garavani in Capri, Italy

 

Last week, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan has stopped in the beautiful Italian island of Capri after some business meetings in the neighboring city of Naples.

At the same time, fashion legend Valentino Garavani had his 152-foot yacht “T.M. Blue One“, named after his beloved parents, Teresa and Mauro, anchored at the island’s bay.

During a tea at the elegant Quisisana Hotel, Prince Gharios was able to manifest his admiration to the great designer’s legendary work.

Father Ignatios El Khoury, one of the most acclaimed Maronite historians of the 20th century

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Father Ignatios Tannos El Khoury wearing the highest Academic Order of the French Government the “Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms)” in the rank of officer

Around 300 years ago, His Beatitude Estephan II Boutros El Douaihy, Maronite Patriarch (1630-1704) and one of the most respected Lebanese historians, mentioned the ruling Sheikhs El Chemor in his chronicles about the Maronite history. In 1948, Father Ignatios Tannos El Khoury, one of the most acclaimed and respected Maronite historians of the 20th century, published a historical scientific research about the family called “Sheikhs El Chemor rulers of Akoura (1211-1633) and rulers of Zgharta-Zawyie (1641-1747)”. In this study, Father El Khoury states about the origins of the family El Chemor as being princes from the Ghassanid Royal Family and descending from the last King of Ghassan. That being the reason why they were respected by the Maronites as princes and sovereign rulers. Even regardless of the Ghassanid claim, the El Chemor family is undoubtedly a princely family since their titles didn’t come from any higher authority (prince, King nor emperor). They were sovereign and therefore royal, differently than many Sheikhs in Lebanon who got their titles from the princes that ruled Lebanon as “Ottoman puppets”. Not even those princes were technically sovereign since their power emanated conditionally and exclusively from the Ottoman empire. He also states that the Gharios (Guerios) family from Jbeil and Chiyah in Lebanon was originated from the El Chemor family.

The accounts about the El Chemor/Gharios (Guerios) family were never contested in over 300 years. Not even one line was written against the documents, books or even about the authors. On the contrary, patriarch Douaihy was Blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in 1998 and is in the process of becoming a saint. Father Ignatios had published several historical books published not only in Lebanon but also in Europe and 6 years after the El Chemor scientific study was laureated by the French Government with their highest academic Order, the “Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms)” in the rank of officer, the second highest. This honor is even higher in precedence than the well known “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters)”.

Father Ignatios Khoury has over 35 (thirty five) academic publications plus several peer revised articles and scholarly essays published in renowned magazines and newspapers in Lebanon, other Middle Eastern countries and Europe.

Please, click below to read his academic biography and publications (Original in Arabic)

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Please, click below to read his academic biography and publications (English Legal sworn translation)

Father Ignatios Legal English

Please CLICK HERE  for an official 2014’s article (in Arabic) from the Lebanese Government News’s Agency (Lebanese Republic – Ministry of Information) quoting the book about the El Chemor princely family (recognizing the titles and citing some family members) and validating Father Ignatios as an official source.  

Please, click below of the English legal translation of the article

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Recently, Professor Dr. Abbot Antoine Daou, one of the top modern Maronite historians, have confirmed the aforementioned statements in a sworn affidavit.  Prof. Dr. Daou is not only an acclaimed Maronite historian and author of the book “History of the Maronites” (Beirut, 1970) amongst many others, but was graduated by the Pontifical Angelicum University in Rome with Doctorates in Theology and Canon law. He is a siting professor of the La Sagesse University in Lebanon and is the Abbot of the Antoinine Maronite Order. He also serves as the Secretary of the Commission of the Lebanese Bishops’ Conference for Dialogue with Islam.

Prof. Dr. Abbot Daou categorically states that the book about the El Chemor family by Father Ignatios “has been considered as an essential reference of Maronite’s and Lebanon history’s references” and that “no book or criticism has been issued by the Maronite church opposing this chronicling.” About Father Ignatios he states “a well-known historian and writer”.

Please, click here to access the document and the sworn legal translation in English: 

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Please, click here to access the document and the sworn legal translation in German: 

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