HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor is acclaimed for lectures ministered in Brazil

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII visited Brazil from August 1st to 10th 2016 and ministered lectures about the situation in the Middle East and its effects in the Western world in five venues: at UCAM – Candido Mendes University (Latin America’s oldest private University founded in 1902), at the Fluminense Federal Institute (Technical Faculty), at the City Parliament (founded in 1652), at the Maria Imaculada Diocesan Seminary and at the Imaculada Conceicao Catholic Seminary. The lectures were very appreciated and acclaimed by the audience and the press.

(the above video is in the Portuguese language)

More about HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor HERE

Order of Saint Michael has Investiture Ceremony and a new Grand Priory in Brazil

The Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel had a beautiful investiture ceremony and the creation of the Grand Priory of Brazil on August 4th 2016. The event happened at the Campos Catholic Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro. Presiding the Grand Master HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII and the Grand Chaplain of Brazil HER Dom Roberto Francisco Ferreria Paz, the Catholic Bishop of Campos, Brazil. The Order is legally chartered under the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan, recently accredited and affiliated to the United Nations.

More about the accreditation with the United Nations HERE

More about the Order HERE

 

HIRH Prince Gharios meets with the Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Istanbul

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HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with His Excellency Mor Filiksinos Yusuf Çetin in Istanbul

The Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church was the original denomination of the Ghassanids until the 7th Century. With the fall of the first Ghassanid State in Syria and Jordan, many Ghassanids fled to today’s Lebanon and also to the Byzantine empire (today’s Turkey). The Royal family ended up adhering to the mainstream Orthodox denomination living in the Byzantine Empire. In the 9th century, the second Ghassanid ruling happened with emperor Nikephoros I in 802 CE. In Mount Lebanon, the family kept the Syriac Orthodox roots. However, the monks of Mar Maroun (Saint Maroun) monastery decided in the 7th century to create a new Patriarchate and that was how the Ghassanids became Maronite. Because of the obedience of the Maronites to the Pope in Rome and the absence of a Maronite church in Curitiba (Brazil) where Prince Gharios’ family was settled in exile, he ended up becoming Roman Catholic.

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As part of a very successful trip to Istanbul, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor and his delegation have visited the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for Istanbul and Ankara His Excellency Mor Filiksinos Yusuf Çetin. In the end of the audience, Prince Gharios was Blessed by the Metropolitan in his mission protecting the Christians in the Middle East.

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HIRH Prince Gharios and delegation being  Blessed by the Metropolitan

More about the Syrian Orthodox Church HERE

More about HE Mor Filiskinos Yusuf Cetin HERE

More about HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor HERE

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor is Blessed by Ecumenical Patriarch

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HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with His All Holiness Bartholomew I
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The Ecumenical Patriarch received the order of Saint Michael Archangel

HIRH Prince Gharios El-Chemor had an official audience with His All Holiness Bartholomew I the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey. His All Holiness is the highest in honor (“first among equals”) between all of the Patriarchs of the Eastern Orthodox Church representing over 300 million faithful. The two hours long conversation was focused on the history of the Ghassanid and Nikephorian (Byzantine empire) Dynasties which HIRH Prince Gharios is the legal heir and, of course, the main topic was the survival of the Christians in the Middle East and Prince Gharios’ proposal of the Council of Oriental Christians. During the visit, Prince Gharios and the delegation composed by the scholar and protestant bishop Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, Mr. Martin Warnecke (both from Germany) and Pastor Dr. Behnan Konutgan (from Turkey) were invited for a special luncheon with the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Synod of Bishops. blessingecumenical

Prince Gharios was honored by the personal Patriarchal Blessing. Historically in Christianity, only the Patriarchs of Rome (Pope) and Constantinople may grant and recognize imperial titles (see Royal and Republican Sovereignty in Early Modern Europe, Cambridge University Press, pg.360)

HIRH Prince Gharios and the delegation were listed as official visitors HERE

 

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HIRH Prince Gharios’ delegation

Pope Francis ends 10 years of tensions with leading Muslim authority

 … with a hug!

Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Al-Azhar at the Vatican in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses.
The first Vatican meeting on Monday between the leader of the world’s Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013.

We strongly believe that the only way to achieve peace in the world, save the Christians in the Middle East and stop radicalism is with an alliance between the Muslims and Christians. Learn more about our initiative: http://www.alliance4peace.org/

More details about the news here: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/pope-historic-talks-grand-imam-al-azhar-160523124712606.html

Leadership by example

Pope Francis takes Syrian refugees to Rome after the visit in Lesbos…

… and guess what? All the 3 families are Muslim!

What message that sends to the world?

That humanitarianism is the highest expression of religion, or at least, it should be. After all , basic logic dictates that we are humans before being Christian or Muslim.

BRAVO, Pope Francis!

More about the news: http://www.wsj.com/articles/popes-refugee-airlift-was-last-minute-inspiration-1460927822

Pope Francis, the Great

Pope to church: Be more accepting of gays and divorced Catholics

I was raised by the Franciscans in the middle of a military dictatorship in Brazil (1970’s-80’s). Coming from a very Catholic family, I questioned myself about many of the church’s positions since a very young age. I was severely punished by my teachers and principals for my thinking.I was even forbidden of debate during the classes because of my “religious subversive ideas”. What crazy ideas this chubby twelve-year-old could have to invoke so severe sanctions? I was basically defending two principles: a more moderate life for the ones making a “vow of poverty” and more tolerance to the ones living on the margin of the church’s rules.

 

Almost 30 years later, I watch Pope Francis rising to the throne of Peter and to start, vigorously, to preach all of “my” adolescent “subversive ideas”.  Jokes apart, he’s not only preaching those ideas but doing it in a way that doesn’t harm the Catholic doctrines. I’ve never defended that the church should be avant-garde. It should always represent tradition and conservationism. But that doesn’t mean to live 500 years ago.

I agree that the church should be “a mother”. A true mother forgives and loves unconditionally. A real mother has almost unlimited compassion. And if I could summarize all of my “subversive ideas” in one word it will be “compassion”.

In the Buddhist tradition, Avalokiteśvara (Sanskrit: अवलोकितेश्वर lit. “Lord who looks down”, in Chinese GuānshìyīnPúsà (觀世音菩薩), in Tibetan, Avalokiteśvara is known as Chenrezig, སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་) is a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion. Portrayed in different cultures as either male or female, Avalokiteśvara is one of the more widely revered deities in mainstream Vajrayana and Mahayana traditions, as well as unofficially in Theravada Buddhism. One of his/hers manifestations has one thousand hands reaching out to the distressed. However, each one of the hands has one eye, which means that compassion is not pity or charity but the integral understanding of one’s condition of suffering.

Today, Pope Francis cemented his status of greatness.  On his over 260 pages’ apostolic exhortation called “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love) he urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers “irregular” situations:

“A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws … as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives,”

“By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and growth,”

Read the full document here

Bravo! Bravissimo, Pope Francis! You’ve made this humble servant of yours even more honored and humbled to follow you. After all, apparently we both share the concept that religion is a hospital for sinners, NOT a club for saints!

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CNN’s take on this news: http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/08/europe/vatican-pope-family/