Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge receives Award from the Custos for the Holy Land


Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge receives his award from Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land4 February 2013, Tel Aviv, State of Israel - Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge received an award bestowed by the Custos for the Holy Land who is based in Jerusalem. The conferment of the award was held on 18 January 2013 at St. Savior Monastery in the Old City of Jerusalem and was personally awarded to him by the Custos himself, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa.

A commemorative Golden Cross medal was also bestowed upon Ambassador Calonge, symbolizing the appreciation of the Custos, including that of the Apostolic authorities, for his unwavering support for pilgrimages and to the Christian Holy Sites in the Holy Land. Fr. Angelo Ison, a Filipino Franciscan priest, facilitated the simple ceremony and the conferment of the award. Fr. Ison explained that the medal was created by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII on 02 May 1901 for the Catholic pilgrims for their devotion to the Faith.

Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge thanked Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa and Fr. Angelo Ison for the award and for giving him the rare opportunity of being given honor and recognition in the Holy Land.

The Custos of the Holy Land is the Minister Provincial (major superior) of the Friars Minor living throughout the Middle East. He has jurisdiction over the territories of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt (in part), Cyprus and Rhodes.

The main task of the Custos is to coordinate and direct the reception of pilgrims who come to the Holy Land for pilgrimage and prayers at the shrines of our Redemption. This task was bestowed by the Holy See over 600 years ago. The term used in those times to designate this task was "custody" of the holy places, from which is derived the terms still in use today: "Custody" and "Custos ".