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Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni was a Romanian clergyman who served as Metropolitan of Moldavia, Metropolitan of Kherson and Crimea, Metropolitan of Kyiv and Halych, Exarch of Moldo-Wallachia, and Archbishop of Chisinau, being the first head of the church in Bessarabia after the Russian annexation. The local boyars, led by Bănulescu-Bodoni, petitioned for self-rule and the establishment of a civil government based on the Moldavian traditional laws. In 1818, a special autonomous region was created, which had Moldovan (Romanian) and Russian as languages used in the local administration. In 1813, Bănulescu-Bodoni founded a Romanian-language seminary and, in 1814, a printing press. He also oversaw the building of the Chisinau Metropolitan Church (1817) and of the Cathedral. A Romanian translation of the New Testament was published in 1817 and the whole Bible in 1819 in Petrograd. Bănulescu died in 1821 and was buried at the Căpriana Monastery. The canonization of the worthy Metropolitan Gavriil Bănulescu-Bodoni took place on September 3, 2016, the Diocese of Chisinau and Hotin’s founding the head of which was for several years His Eminence Metropolitan. The canonization of Tomos was read at the Căpriana Monastery, the place of eternal rest of the saint. He is commemorated in Chisinau, where a street is named after him near the Nativity Cathedral.
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