EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF HOLY SEPULCHRE: AMBASSADORS OF PEACE
The Equestrian Order has been meeting in
In his remarks to them Benedict XVI referred to the history of the Order, which came into being as "a 'guard of honour' for the protection of the Holy Sepulchre of Our Lord", and since its foundation "has attracted the particular concern of Roman Pontiffs, who have given it the spiritual and juridical instruments necessary for it to carry out its specific form of service".
"An ancient and glorious link binds your equestrian fraternity to the Holy Sepulchre of Christ, where the glory of His death and resurrection is celebrated in a unique way. This is what constitutes the central focus of your spirituality. May Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, be the centre of your lives, of all your projects and of your individual and community programmes".
Pope exhorted the knights and ladies of the Order to be, "in our time,
builders of a tangible hope", one that aims "to build a new humanity
inspired by the evangelical values of justice, love and peace. How much
need for justice and peace the
"Ask the Lord to make you 'convinced and sincere ambassadors of peace and love among your brothers and sisters'. Ask Him, with the power of His love, to favour your constant work in support of the ardent desire for peace in those communities, weighted down over the years by a climate of uncertainty and danger".
Pope went on: "My affectionate thoughts go out to those dear Christian
peoples who continue to suffer because of the political, economic and
social crisis of the
"In these days of Advent, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, the eyes of our faith turn to
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