The Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU), General Peter Cosgrove, has been bestowed with the Honour of the Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of St Gregory the Great, by The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
General Cosgrove has been especially selected to receive The Honour of Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of St Gregory the Great for his distinguished services to the Church in the Archdiocese of Sydney. His Eminence Cardinal George Pell bestowed the honour upon General Cosgrove at a formal ceremony at Cathedral House in Sydney.
He was invested with the insignia of the Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of St Gregory the Great and presented with the formal citation.
General Cosgrove said that to receive the honour was a great privilege and, "I could not be more pleased and humbled by this".
The Papal Order of Saint Gregory is one of five orders of knighthood of the Holy See, with four classes in military and civilian divisions. It was originally founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831 and is awarded to acknowledge an individual’s meritorious services to the church.
The Grand Cross is the highest papal rank awarded to an Australian. General Cosgrove is the first Australian to receive the honour since Arthur Calwell.