27 June 2007

The Knights of the Holy Sepulchre

Several of us in the parish belong to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a papal order with the purpose of supporting the Christians living in the Holy Land. This new appointment was announced this morning:

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has named U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley pro-grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, a fraternal organization dedicated to supporting the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and to responding to the needs of Catholics in the Holy Land.

The 71-year-old Philadelphia native had been head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications for "23 years and three months," he said June 27.

Naming Archbishop Foley "pro-"grand master, Pope Benedict seemed to indicate that he would be named a cardinal during the next consistory, which likely will be held in November.

Archbishop Foley, who will remain in Rome, succeeds retired Italian Cardinal Carlo Furno, 85.

To read the whole story, go here. Also, here is further information about the Order.