H. E. Mr. Camillo Zuccoli, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Bulgaria, was bestowed with a significant papal distinction, Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. The Order was conferred by Bishop Christo Proykov, the Apostolic Exarch of Sofia for the Bulgarian eastern Catholics. The ceremony was held at the Dormition of Our Lady Cathedral of the Catholics of Eastern Rite.
The Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with Bulgaria for 20 years now, and for over eight years H. E. Mr. Zuccoli has been its Ambassador to Bulgaria, realizing over 300 humanitarian initiatives in this country. With all his activities he has demonstrated that he is a true friend of Bulgaria, “That is why we asked from the Holy Father Pope Francis that he bestow the Order of St. Gregory the Great upon H. E. Mr. Camillo Zuccoli in renown of the preoccupation he has shown towards Bulgaria, certainly, aided by all those around him”, underlined the Exarch. Mgr. Proykov reminded that the Order of Malta began its noble activities in 1048. Charity and doing good deeds is at the basis of its activities.
Expressing his gratitude, H. E. Mr. Zuccoli admitted that he had learned the good news only yesterday but he was filled with Christian pride by the great recognition. Guests of the event were Mr. Giovanni Soncini who headed the delegation of the Order of Malta from Brescia, Father Marco Scarpa with pilgrims from the City of Venice, the head of the Sisters of the Eucharist in Bulgaria and many devout Catholics.
H. E. Mr. Camillo Zuccoli received the high distinction on the eve of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, the Protector of the Order of Malta whose day will be celebrated by the Embassy on June 23, 2015.
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