Vatican City, Apr 2, 2020 / 05:40 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Lenten Holy Land collection will be moved to September this year because of the suspension of public Masses in many places in the world due to the coronavirus, the Vatican stated Thursday.
The collection is usually taken up in churches during Good Friday services. Good Friday falls this year on April 10.
According to a press release from the Congregation for Eastern Churches April 2, for the year 2020, Pope Francis approved moving the collection to Sunday, Sept. 13, since many countries will not be holding public Good Friday services this year.
The Holy See has overseen the Church's annual collection for the Holy Land since 1974, when St. Pope Paul VI established Good Friday as the ordinary day for it to be taken up by parishes and bishops around the world.
The collection goes toward the maintenance and upkeep of the holy sites as well as supporting the lives of Christians in the Holy Land.