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Gavriil Bănulescu-Bodoni (1746-1821)

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Gavriil Bănulescu-Bodoni (1746-1821)

Metropolitan of Moldavia, Poltava, Kiev and later of Bessarabia.
He was a teacher of Greek, a hieromonk and a preacher at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi. In 1808 he was appointed exarch of the Church of Moldavia and Wallachia, when both principalities were under the administration of the Russian Empire.
Six years later, by order of the Russian Tsar, Bănulescu-Bodoni was appointed head of the Archdiocese of Bessarabia, with residence in Chisinau, where he also founded a theological seminary. He remained at the helm of the Metropolitanate until his death in the spring of 1821.
He printed many books and contributed to the smooth running of church life in Bessarabia. He built several churches in Chisinau and in other places in the country, and was concerned with the restoration of the old Capriana Monastery, where he also found his final resting place.
At his insistence, at the beginning of the 19th century the Bible was printed in Romanian. In Chisinau one of the central streets is named after him. He is the first saint canonized in 2016 by the Orthodox Church of Moldova.