Vatican City, Mar 21, 2017 / 04:57 am
As Christians in the Middle East continue to suffer innumerable hardships this Lenten season, the Vatican has announced that this year's Good Friday Collection will benefit Christian communities in the Holy Land.
"Once again, from every part of the Church, expressions of solidarity come together effectively in the Good Friday Collection," stated Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, in a recent press release.
"Our sense of communion in the suffering and risen Christ moves us again this year to undertake the important initiative that is the Collection for the Holy Land," Cardinal Sandri said.
This announcement means that in most Catholic parishes around the world, a Good Friday Collection will be taken up to aid Christian parishes and their outreaches in the Holy Land. This initiative has been an annual tradition in the Church since its institution by Blessed Pope Paul VI.