Vatican City, Mar 12, 2018 / 09:22 am
As the Vatican's annual Good Friday Collection approaches, the head of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches has encouraged people to take pilgrimages to the Holy Land, in addition to supporting the local Christian communities through prayer and monetary assistance.
"All of us are invited to resume pilgrimage to the Holy Land, because of the knowledge,
and the living experience of the places of our redemption," Cardinal Leonardo Sandri wrote in a letter published March 12.
"Walking in the steps of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the disciples, helps us to deepen our faith and also to understand the context in which Christians live in the Holy Land," he said, noting that pilgrimages are also a source of income for thousands of families.
As it did last year, the Good Friday Collection will benefit people in the Holy Land, as well as Jordan, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Turkey, and Iraq.