Dad was awarded the Russian priest’s gold cross for service to the Church

© Olga Grundomat Pope Francis and the priest Joseph ZanevskiyDad was awarded the Russian priest’s gold cross for service to the Church© Olga Chrol

Pope Francis has awarded 75-year-old Russian priest Joseph Zanevskiy, a monk of the order of the Salesians, the cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice («For merits before Church and the Pope»).

The cross was presented on Sunday during the farewell mass, the rector the Metropolitan Cathedral, which after 26 years of service leaves the ward with a new purpose.

© Olga Grundomat Pope Francis and the priest Joseph ZanevskiyDad was awarded the Russian priest’s gold cross for service to the Church© Olga Grundomat Pope Francis and the priest Joseph Zanevskiy

The cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice — the sixth-highest award of the Holy see. It is awarded to clergy and laity, who are at least 25 years of his life devoted to the service of the Catholic Church and the Pope. The award was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 and has the shape of a cross.

Joseph Zanevsky, a native of Belarus, he was secretly ordained a priest in Poland in 1978, then served in the Grodno region, and in 1991, the Archbishop in Moscow, Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz appointed him rector of the Metropolitan parish of the Immaculate Conception of the blessed virgin Mary. The Abbot made his return to the Catholic Church on Malaya Gruzinskaya street, supervised its restoration and received a symbolic key from the Cathedral, from the hands of the Secretary of state of the Holy see cardinal Angelo Sodano, 12 December 1999.

In addition to the cross from the Pope, the priest Joseph Zanevsky has state awards of the Russian Federation.
The new rector of the Cathedral priest Vladimir Kabak, who is also a monk of the order of Salesians, was presented to the parish on may 24.

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