A CHARITY trustee who supports Christians in Gaza, Israel and Jordan has received a papal knighthood.
Peter Rand works with Kenilworth charity Friends of the Holy Land (FHL), which supports those fighting for survival in the war-torn region.
And the Kenilworth trustee had his dedication recognised by receiving the knighthood, which is one of the highest recognitions the Pope can give.
The Archbishop of Birmingham Reverend Bernard Longley bestowed the title upon Mr Rand, who visits the region several times each year.
He is now a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great.
Mr Rand said: “I feel humbled and greatly honoured.
“It has been a pleasure to support my parish of St Francis in Kenilworth over the last 47 years and to have played my part in helping grow FHL.
“Travelling to the Holy Land every few months, and witnessing the challenges facing our Christian brothers and sisters there, has had a big impact on my life.”
He received a mother of pearl star which was made in Bethlehem.
The Friends of the Holy Land charity is calling for people interested in volunteering to get in touch.
Email [email protected] or call 01926 512980 to find out more.