DSC02974Cardinal Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, has written with some comments about the collection for the ‘Holy Places’, taken each Good Friday.

The collection supports the upkeep of buildings, but also sustains the Christian communities themselves – the ‘living stones’

Once again, from every part of the Church, expressions of solidarity come together effectively in the Good Friday Collection. This enables the Catholic communities of the Holy Land – the Latin Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Custody and other jurisdictions, especially Easter ones (Greek-Melkite, Coptic, Maronite, Syrian, Chaldean, Armenian) along with religious communities and organisations of all kinds – to help, in their turn, the poor and suffering of every ethnicity and every faith, without distinction.

DSC02622Parishes will continue their pastoral service with preferential attention to the poor. Schools will enable Christians and Muslims to prepare together a future of respect and partnership. Hospitals and clinics, hospices and community centres will continue to host the suffering and the needy, refugees and asylum-seekers, people of all ages and religions hit by the horrors of war. The unforgettable faces of thousands of children and teens, felling violence and persecution in Syria, continue to challenge us, even as these young people, thanks to our Collection, are being welcomed by Christian schools in neighbouring countries.

DSC02941Please be as generous as you can in supporting the collection, and also remember the communities of the Holy Land in your prayers today.

Photographs of scenes in and around Jerusalem. (c) 2017, Allen Morris