Pope Francis has asked parishes in our diocese to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this collection, which usually takes place on Good Friday, has been moved by Pope Francis to the weekend of Sept. 12-13, near the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that St. Paul urged his missionary churches not to forget the needs of the church in Jerusalem. We are called to continue the legacy of supporting our brothers and sisters who live in the land made holy by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The political, religious and military challenges in the Holy Land are more complex than ever and they are especially hard on Christians. However, there are hopeful signs as well. The 29 parishes in the Holy Land lead worship, offer Christian formation and education, and provide housing and food for the poor. The Christian shrines that directly connect us to the life of Jesus and the Apostles are maintained.
When you contribute to this collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.
Please give prayerful consideration to a generous response to The Pontifical Good Friday Collection.
For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.myfranciscan.org/ good-friday.
Most Rev. Thomas R. Zinkula
Bishop of Davenport