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Monaco, 27 January 2020.

In the auspicious setting of the celebrations for the Feast of Sainte Dévote, the patron saint of Monaco and heavenly protector of the Monegasque Princely Family, H.R.E. Archbishop Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco and Grand Officer of the Order of Saints Mauritius and Lazarus, presided over a solemn Eucharistic celebration at Monaco Cathedral in the presence of H.S.H. Sovereign Prince Albert II and of H.S.H. Princess Charlène.

On this occasion, following the renunciation accepted by the Pope on 21 January, the Archbishop definitively said goodbye to the Archdiocese at the end of his pastoral mission. The celebration was particularly moving and was held in the presence of about twenty Italian and French Bishops and with the participation of over a hundred priests.

The Eucharistic liturgy was attended by a representation of members of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy, who attended the service alongside their brothers of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

On this occasion, the Delegation thanked H.R.E. Archbishop Barsi for the fruitful pastoral work he has carried out in the Monegasque territory in the last twenty years and for his assiduous presence in the activities promoted in the area by the Knightly Forces of the Royal House of Savoy.

The Dynastic Orders give their best wishes to Rev. Dominique-Marie David, who was appointed by the Pope as Archbishop of Monaco and who has so far been a member of the team of Educators at the Saint-Jean Interdiocesan Seminary in Nantes (France).


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