Aboard the papal plane, 09 November, 2023 / 12:44 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis lamented the innocent deaths in Israel and Palestine during a meeting Thursday with a Catholic order of knighthood that supports the Holy Land.
“We are sadly witnessing tragedy unfolding in the very places where the Lord lived, where he taught us through his humanity to love, forgive, and do good to all,” the pope said Nov. 9. “And instead we see them torn apart by tremendous suffering that especially affects so many innocents, so many innocent dead.”
Francis said he is spiritually united with the leaders of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem as they are meeting in Rome this week.
You “certainly live this consultation meeting sharing the great sorrow of the Mother Church of Jerusalem and imploring the gift of peace,” he said.
Also known as the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, the order is a lay institution under the protection of the Holy See whose first mention in historical records dates to 1336.