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Vatican City - Ang Iglesia ni Cristo sa buong mundo ay nakikiisa sa mga layunin ng mga Kristiano sa Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine at mga karatig-bansa ayon kay Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation of the Oriental Churches.
Ayon sa kanyang liham, sinabi ng butihing cardinal na ang pag-ibig ng Dios ay dapat na maipadamang muli sa Holy Land kung saan ang Dios ay nagkatawang-Tao at nakipamuhay sa atin (Juan 1) at gumawa ng maraming kababalaghan at gumawa ng kabutihan, at nagpakasakit sa Banal na Bansa upang ialay ang Kanyang Sarili sa marami.
Ang nasabing liham ay may lagda rin ni Archbishop Cyril Vasil, SJ, Secretary of the Congregation na maibatid sa buong Iglesia Katolika sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga obispo ang tungkol sa kahalagahan ng Holy Land sa buhay ng bawat mananampalatayang Kristiano.
Ayon sa nasabing liham (sa Ingles):
"This year, Good Friday seems more fitting than ever as a sign of the needs of both pastors and faithful, which are bound up with the sufferings of the entire Middle East. For the disciples of Christ, hostility is often the daily bread which nourishes the faith and sometimes makes the echo of martyrdom. Christian emigration is exacerbated by the lack of peace, which tends to impoverish hope, changing it into the fear of facing alone a future that seems to exist only in the abandonment of one’s own country.
"Nonetheless, as was the case for the Gospel’s grain of wheat, so the trials of Christians in the Holy Land prepare without doubt a brighter tomorrow. The dawning of this new day, however, requires support now for schools, medical assistance, critical housing, meeting places, and everything else that the generosity of the Church has devised".
"We have the duty to restore the spiritual patrimony which we have received from these Christians’ two millennia of fidelity to the truth of the faith. We can and must do this by our prayer, by concrete assistance, and by pilgrimages. The Year of Faith, which marks the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican Council II, will provide particular motivation for us to direct our steps towards that Land. ... Next Good Friday, around the Cross of Christ, let us be conscious of being together with these brothers and sisters of ours. May the loneliness that is at times strongly felt in their situation be overcome by our fraternity".
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