March 12, 2012

Tension, hostility and even violence are the “daily bread” of many of the Christian communities living in the biblical lands of the Middle East, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

In a letter to bishops around the world, Sandri asked for widespread participation in the annual collection on behalf of Christians in the Holy Land.

The collection is taken up during Good Friday services in many dioceses.

Sandri said Good Friday is a special time to remember Mideast Christians’ needs, which “are bound up with the sufferings of the entire Middle East.

For the disciples of Christ, hostility is often the daily bread that nourishes the faith.”