A longtime friend urges help for Holy Land

TORONTO — U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, a longtime friend of the Catholic press, spoke once again at the annual Catholic News Service breakfast at the Catholic Media Convention. This year, though, the cardinal, now grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, spoke of the challenges facing the dwindling Christian community in the Holy Land.

“Many of the Christians in the Holy Land are the descendants of the original followers of Christ,” the cardinal told journalists in attendance. “Their numbers grow smaller as they feel themselves ever less welcome in the land of their birth — a twice-over minority: a minority in Jewish Israel and a minority within the Arab minority in Israel and, of course, a minority in the midst of the overwhelming Muslim majority in Palestine and Jordan.”

He urged the media officials to help the Knights “make better known the situation of Christians in the Holy Land so that there may continue to be a Christian and Catholic presence in the land made sacred by the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “

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