Catholics must not forget to pray for Holy Land and Middle East Christians over Holy Week and Easter, the Bishop of Clifton has said.
Bishop Declan Lang, chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales’ International Affairs department, has issued the reminder that the Christians living in the lands of Christ should be held in prayer. Starved of pilgrim visitors to the Holy sites, and facing the daily realities of conflict and occupation, the Christians, as Pope Francis puts it, are suffering “the economic inequalities and regional tensions that threaten the stability of these lands”.
Bishop Lang is asking Christians to reaffirm their commitment to justice and peace in Middle East. He also calls on our leaders to “increase their support for peacebuilding, humanitarian relief, and the protection of human dignity, while forsaking narrow political or economic interests, including the sale of arms which only fuel conflict”.
Picture: Franciscan Fr Amjad Sabbara leads a group in the Stations of the Cross through the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem on Good Friday, 10th April 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Andrea Krogmann, KNA).