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THE BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF PIACENZA-BOBBIO NOMINATED ECCLESIASTICAL KNIGHT GRAND CROSS OF GRACE

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On June 22, during a private ceremony held in the Episcopal Palace of Piacenza H.E. the Most Rev. Mons. Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop of the Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio, received his diploma as Ecclesiastical Knight Grand Cross of Grace from the Delegate for Emilia Romagna, Nob. Avv. Corrado Sforza Fogliani, who congratulated him also on behalf of the Knights of Piacenza and all members of the Delegation.

In addition to the Deputy Delegate also present were Avv. Franco Marenghi (who illustrated and donated to Bishop Ambrosio the Constantinian Chronicles for the years 2012-2016) and the Secretary General of the Office of the Grand Prior, Mons. Arnaldo Morandi. Mons Morandi conveyed the warm congratulations of Cardinal Martino and offered the bishop most significant writings of his magisterium, including a copy of the Decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Vatican granting  plenary indulgence to the Knights and Dames.

Mons. Ambrosio expressed his gratitude for the great honor conferred and his delight in having become a member of the great Constantinian Family. He expressed enthusiasm and interest in the instructions of the Grand Prior regarding the pastoral  role and commitment that the Bishops and Priests are called upon to fulfil to ensure a true Christian life and charitable actions at the service of all members of the Order.

He then offered to all present the excellent and recently published “Auxilium a Domino”, by the Collegio Alberoni of Piacenza, commemorating the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Cardinal Giulio Alberoni, whose activities merge with those of the Farnese family and are the foundation of the dynasty of the Bourbons Two Sicilies.

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SICILY – CRUMBS OF HEALTH, JUNE 2017

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Sicily, 22 June 2017 – On Thursday, June 22, Deputy Delegate Nob. Dott. Antonio di  Janni coordinated several Knights, Dames and volunteers to make a triple donation of goods in different areas of the region, specifically Palermo, Monreale and Piana degli Albanesi.

At 10 A.M. the second monthly distribution of products  for children aged zero to three years took place in the premises located next to the church of Maria SS degli Agonizzanti in Monreale. The donation benefited more than 30 needy families.
Shortly before noon the Deputy Delegate, assisted by Knight Commander Umberto Mendola, delivered numerous products to the head of the diocesan Caritas of  the Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi for the children of needy families. The items were scheduled to be distributed in the course of the next few days..
In the afternoon they brought over 20 kg of fish to the volunteers of the soup kitchen of S. Mamiliano, a shelter that provides over 100 meals each day, fulfilling the double purpose of aiding the needy and providing meals that can be enjoyed in the home within the family unit

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60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORDAINMENT OF HIS EMINENCE THE GRAND PRIOR

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Rome, 20 June 2017 – His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, our Grand Prior, commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of his ordainment by  celebrating Holy Mass in the  Almo Collegio Capranica, the college where he was first a student and later its President.

H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master, conveyed his sincere best wishes also on behalf of all the knights and dames of the Constantinian Order, for reaching this significant milestone.

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TUSCANY – SOLIDARITY LUNCHEON

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Florence, 17 June 2017.  In honor of the festivity of Corpus Domini, the Knights and Dames of the Tuscany Delegation provided a luncheon for about fifty senior citizens and needy people who are cared for by the Parish of San Michele a Rovezzano (FL) as a  tangible symbol of solidarity and compassion for the less fortunate.

On the 24th, Knights and Dames donated to the Church of Foiano della Chiana essential food supplies to be distributed to the people in need.
These activities are part of the Unitary Project “The Hunger of our Neighbor”, established by H.R.H. the Grand Master.

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VENICE – JUNE 10, 2017. CEREMONY OF INVESTITURE IN THE PATRIARCHAL BASILICA OF SAINT MARK

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Venice. The investiture ceremony for new Knights and Dames of theTriveneto region was held on June 10 in the stupendous site of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist in Piazza San Marco in Venice. The ceremony was organized by Delegate Count Roberto Giustiniani and by Vice Delegates Nob.  Federico Bulfone Gransinigh and Knight Commander Lucio Pasqualetto.

The investiture ceremony and Holy Mass were officiated by the Grand Prior, His Most Eminent and Most Reverend Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, and concelebrated by Mons. Arnaldo Morandi, Secretary General of the Office of the Grand Prior and Prior for the Lombardy delegation and by Mons. Arnaldo Greco, Prior of the Triveneto Delegation.

In his homily the Grand Prior spoke of the participation and commitment of the knights and dames of our Order and what they can do to improve the society and environment in which they work, highlighting the importance of defending and exalting the Christian Faith, aiding the needy and exemplifying the principles and teachings of Christianity. His Most Reverend Eminence concluded by outlining the mission of each Delegation to carry out charitable activities  to aid the needy and at the same time to support the training of knights and dames and new members by conducting cultural and religious training sessions.

Present at the ceremony were H.E. Prince Ruspoli, Grand Chancellor, H.E. Nob. Dott. Alberto Lembo, Grand Inquisitor, as well as numerous civilian and military authorities of the Triveneto Region. Also present were representatives of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Order of Saint Mauritius and Lazarus.

At the conclusion of the investiture ceremony and following the cultural events that included a tour of the Basilica and of a temporary art exhibit in the Museum of Glass on the island of St. George, the Triveneto Delegation, on behalf of its members, made a donation to Monsignor Meneguolo, Knight Commander of Ecclesiastical Grace, to be used for the needy families of the diocese.

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