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(from ONE magazine January 2005)

Patriarch Honors Msgr. Stern
Posted: 15 Feb 2005

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Melkite Patriarch Gregory III prepares to place the Miter on Archimandrite Stern.  (photo: Christian Molidor, R.S.M.) 

In recognition of the work of CNEWA and the Pontifical Mission, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III conferred the honor of Mitered Grand Archimandrite upon Msgr. Robert L. Stern, Secretary General of CNEWA and President of the Pontifical Mission, at a 19 December Divine Liturgy in the patriarchal cathedral in Damascus, Syria.

During the solemn liturgy, the patriarch cited both agencies’ consistent support for the Melkite Greek Catholic Church and the church in general throughout the Middle East.

Afterward the patriarch, assisted by Archimandrite Stern, blessed the new youth center at the patriarchate funded by the Pontifical Mission.