The Word Among Us

Easter 2014 Issue

Knights on a Mission

The papal Order of the Holy Sepulchre brings hope to the Middle East.

Knights on a Mission: The papal Order of the Holy Sepulchre brings hope to the Middle East.

It’s a lay institution with a medieval-sounding name, with roots that tradition dates back to 1009 and the First Crusade. “The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem has an almost thousand-year history,” Pope Francis affirmed at an international gathering of the group’s leaders last September. “Yours is one of the oldest charitable orders that is still active.”

The first Knights undertook to defend the sacred sites of the Holy Land and to ensure access for Christian pilgrims. The order’s present-day...

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