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The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem has its origins in the succesful conclusion of the first crusade and the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1099. It was reconstituted in 1847 when the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem was restored, to provide a regular support of prayer and works for the Christian communities in the Holy Land.

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Under its Papal constitution, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a legal entity in canon law. As a religious (but not pontifical) Order of Knighthood, it is one of only two such orders recognized by the Holy See (the other is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta).

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We have recently updated the Holy Land Page to highlight reports on the English Project and on the contributions made by volunteers supported by the Lieutenancy to Summer Camps for Palestinian children in the Holy Land.

Members of the Order from throughout the world recently returned from a pilgrimage to Rome, as part of the Year of Faith proclaimed in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Some images from the pilgrimage are now available for viewing in our Photo Gallery. Pope Francis received the participants in the pilgrimage at an audience on Friday, September 13. In his remarks (reported on Zenit site), Pope Francis returned to the three basic elements of Christian life: journeying, building, professing – which served as the keystones of his homily at the close of the conclave that elected him and which continue to be major themes of his Pontificate.
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