Vatican prelate promotes Good Friday appeal for Church in Holy Land
February 26, 2013
In an annual appeal for the Church in the Holy Land, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches referred to the Catholic Church in that region as “the silent witness and living custodian” of the faith in the land where Jesus walked.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri wrote to all the world’s bishops, urging a generous response to the annual Good Friday appeal for the Church in the Holy Land. He encouraged solidarity with the Christians of that region, who are living under heavy pressure. The tensions of the Middle East, Cardinal Sandri observed, have been heightened by the frustration of the “Arab Spring” risings. He observed:
Lately, this region is also witness to the fact that entire peoples, hungering for dignity and justice, have given wings to the dream of a springtime, the fruits of which are desired at once, as if the great, longed-for transformation could be possible without a renewal of hearts and an acceptance of a common responsibility for the poor.