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Christians in Holy Land depend on Good Friday collection

March 08, 2010

The Vatican has asked bishops throughout the world to encourage participation in the annual Good Friday collection that is dedicated to the needs of the Church in the Holy Land.

In a letter to the world's bishops, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, asks the prelates to "work tirelessly to guarantee a future for Christians in the place where 'the kindness and humanity' of Our God and Father first appeared."

The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has furnished a list of projects that drew support from last year's Good Friday collection, including restoration projects at the shrine of the Visitation and other church buildings in Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Bethany, and other locations. The collection also supports parishes and schools and the education of seminarians in the Holy Land.


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