Thomas Schirrmacher receives the Order of Merit from the Royal House of Ghassan for his Activities relating to Human Rights in the Middle East

The – no longer governing – oldest royal house in the world, the Christian and Arab ruling house of The Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan, has honored Thomas Schirrmacher with the “Magister Praetor” Order of Merit for achievements relating to the planning of a civic central council of Christians in the Near East and Middle East (Oriental Christian Council) and for promoting the House of Ghassan, specifically noting “that he [enabled] the House’s personal contact to Pope Francis and to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.”