Support Good Friday collection to help Christians in the Holy Land

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our hearts, minds and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land. Once a year on Good Friday, all Catholics are called on to support Christians in the Holy Land, many of whom depend on this collection for their lives.

Pilgrims stand outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City March 28. During his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May, Pope Francis will hold an ecumenical meeting at the church to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. Whenyou donate on Good Friday, you are supporting Christians in the Holy Land. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing religious formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry.

All Christians are called to assist our brothers and sisters who now live in the land that was sanctified by the Lord’s life and death and resurrection.

Please be generous as your abundance allows. Holy Land Christians, along with all the clergy and religious working there, deeply appreciate your help.  For more information, visit www.MyFranciscan.org.

May God bless you during this holy season.

Sincerely in our Lord,

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington