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New honorary Canon of the Holy Sepulchre in Brescia

BRESCIA – The Reverend Pier Antonio Bodini of San Francesco Parish in Paola, Brescia (Italy), was awarded an honorary canon of the dignity of the Holy Sepulchre on September 8. His Beatitude, Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem presided over the celebration was in the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Brescia).

Rev. Bodini received the title of “Honorary Canon” of the Holy Sepulchre for  his devotion and commitment to the Mother Church of Jerusalem. He is Prior of the Brescia Delegation of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and director of “Terrae caritatis“.  It is an association founded in 2006 by lay people and priests active in the field of social solidarity and in contact with the reality of the Christian communities living in situations of suffering.

This support, generally for the Churches of the Holy Land, involves the implementation of educational projects, social and health services. It is to sensitize society on issues of peace, social justice and interfaith dialogue through meetings, conferences and publications. For the occasion,  an uncommon honor, the Patriarch went to Brescia.

There are now about twenty clergymen honored with this dignity. Being a Canon means belonging to a particular Church Cathedral,  in this particular case, the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

The ceremony began with the singing of the Veni Creator, invoking the Holy Spirit. The Patriarch then recited the prayer for installing an Honorary Canon of the Holy Sepulchre, then blessed the surplice and mozzetta, “signs of the service and devotion of the new Canon to the Gospel proclaimed in the Holy Land.”

The new Canon said: “I gratefully accept the honor that I have been granted with the title of Honorary Canon of the Holy Sepulchre. I promise to devote myself to the service of the faith in the Land, Latin of the Lord, collaborating with the Latin Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem.” He then recited the Creed and signed the pledge.

Christophe Lafontaine