CNA Staff, Mar 11, 2021 / 07:00 am
Christians will struggle to remain in the Holy Land without financial help from Catholics worldwide on Good Friday, a Vatican cardinal said on Thursday.
In a letter issued March 11, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri said that this year’s global collection was critical for Christians struggling to stay afloat following a collapse in pilgrimages caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“If this small gesture of solidarity and sharing ... fails, it will be even more difficult for many of them to resist the temptation to leave their country, more demanding to support the parishes in their pastoral and educational work, and harder to sustain the social commitment to the poor and suffering,” he wrote.
“The sufferings of the many displaced people and refugees who have had to leave because of war call for an outstretched helping hand to pour the balm of consolation on their wounds.