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Good Friday Collection

Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land

Each year the proceeds from the Good Friday Collection go to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. The Franciscans have been caring for the holy sites there since 1209. They also assist the poor, run schools, provide scholarships, and conduct pastoral ministries to keep Christianity alive in the land where it originated.

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, described the current situation in the region, particularly the conflict in Syria, tensions in Egypt and between Israel and Palestine as “truly precarious.”

“Every day the Christians in various regions of the Middle East ask themselves whether they should remain or emigrate. They live in danger and often suffer violence only for the fact of professing the faith common to them and us.”

The Collection helps Christians of many different denominations remain in the region as living witnesses to Christ.


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