Pope Francis laments ‘innocent dead’ in Holy Land conflict

“We understand that Jesus gave to the Church, which was born on the Resurrection, the capacity to continue the mission,” the grand master said after a press conference on Oct. 31.

“This mission,” he continued, “is to take care of the Gospel in the whole world. But there is also another special mission: to take care of this land, the community where [Jesus] started preaching and where he left to us also the poor, the people, those who are in need. Who will take care of them, of this Mother Church?”

The cardinal recalled the “very dramatic” situation in Palestine and Israel, and noted that the order, while outside the conflict, has the role of giving support to all, Christians and non-Christians alike.

“No one abandons his home where he was born, where he lived, where his mother is. So we, too, through our order, intend to take care of this Mother Church,” he said.

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