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Annahar wrote ‘A Papal Order to an Orthodox Knight’
11 Jun 2010

The high-level Papal Order bestowed by the Supreme Pontiff on Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares crowns a long process of orders, medals, and certificates of appreciation this Lebanese international figure deserved from heads of countries, political leaders, and religious dignitaries. The Order of Saint-Gregory the Great was established by Pope Gregory XVI on September 1, 1831. This Order is bestowed on great men and women who have political links to the Apostolic See and to the Catholic men who are well-known for their virtues and merits, in recognition of their service to the Church.

The most prominent and famous order bestowed on Fares on the Lebanese level was the National Cedars Order- Grand Officier of the National Order- in 1993.

On the international level, Fares received the following orders: Commandoria with Star of the Order of Merit from Poland, Medal of Saint Petersburg’s Tercentenary awarded by the Russian President, the Golden Medal from the Ministry of Youth& Sports of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Order of the Prince Yorslav The Wise 2nd Rank awarded by H.E. the President of Ukraine, the Bulgarian Order Stara Planina 1rst Class, the Yemeni Presidential Union Order, the Algerian President Al-Ahd National Merit, Grand Commander of the Order of Makarius the 3rd awarded by H.E. the President of Cyprus, the Gold Decoration from the International Maronite Foundation, the French Presidential National Legion of Honor, the Russian Grand Cordon of Saint Daniel 2nd Degree, the Order of the Arab League Secretariat-General, in addition to a number of various medals and cordons.