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Cardinal discusses plans for Order of Holy Sepulchre

April 13, 2012

Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, has discussed his plans for the order in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano. After his appointment to the position, the prelate concurrently served as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore until the appointment of Bishop William Lori to the see.

“After he is installed on the 16 May, I can move permanently to Rome and take up the leadership of the Equestrian Order full time,” Cardinal O’Brien said. “I would hope to encourage [members of the Order] to increase the number of Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre.”

“It is a great mission that is theirs to support the holy places and the mission of the Church in the New Evangelization,” he continued. “I would encourage all our members to visit the Holy Land on pilgrimage especially during the Year of Faith.”

Cardinal O’Brien added that Pope Benedict

has spoken often about the situation in the Holy Land asking for dialogue, for more accessibility on the part of the Christians there. There’s high unemployment because of limitation in travel. There has been an exodus of Christians from the Holy Land for many years. All this concerns him and I am not sure what I can do except help the Patriarch of the Holy Land to bring about a fuller presence of the Church for the freedom of Christians there.


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