Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of Archdiocese of Baltimore, is accompanying Pope Francis on his trip to the Middle East that begins Saturday. Cardinal O”Brien currently serves as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. According to the order’s website, it “is the only lay institution of the Vatican State charged with the task of providing for the needs of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and for all the activities and initiatives which are necessary to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land.”
O’Brien spoke to Catholic Review about the trip:
“This is very significant,” Cardinal O’Brien said of the pope’s pilgrimage, “not just for church reunion but for Christians living in the Holy Land and around the world, to bring attention to our responsibilities in coming to the rescue of our brothers and sisters there, who are fewer and fewer in number because of the restrictions put on them.“They can’t travel freely, can’t go to their jobs, their farms, can’t make proper use of their own property. These are injustices that I hope can be remedied as a result of the attention that the Holy Father brings to the situation there.”
Watch the following Catholic News Service video featuring Cardinal O’Brien discussing “how Christianity plays a vital role in creating and sustaining peace in the Holy Land.”
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.