Each year on Good Friday, dioceses and parishes in Canada and around the world hold a Collection for the Holy Land. Cardinal Leonardi Sandro, Prefect of the
Congregation for Oriental Churches, has issued a letter
to promote this Collection. His letter includes a report (in English only) by the Custody for the Holy Land on how the funds from the Collection were distributed in 2010 and 2011.
In a separate collection on Holy Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI has ear-marked this collection to be offered as humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.
The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is inviting dioceses to encourage parishes and local groups to include as prayers and reflections for peace and justice in the Holy Land as part of their Good Friday services and Stations of the Cross. To assist in these celebrations, the CCCB is recommending a Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land
and the Way of the Cross and a Celebration of Prayer for Peace.
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