Communiqué of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches:
Collection for the Holy Land 2020, 02.04.2020
The current COVID-19 pandemic concerns many countries and in many of
them preventive measures preclude the normal community celebration of
The Christian communities in the Holy Land, also exposed
to the risk of contagion and living in contexts already full of serious
sufferings, benefit every year from the generosity of the faithful from
all over the world. This solidarity enables them to continue their
evangelical presence, in addition to maintaining schools and social
structures that assist all citizens with healthcare, education and
peaceful coexistence, attending above all to the weakest and poorest.
For this reason, Pope Francis has approved the proposal that the
Collection for the Holy Land, for the year 2020, take place on Sunday,
13 September, near the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
The celebration that commemorates the discovery of the Relics of the
Cross by Saint Helen also marks a new beginning of public worship in
Jerusalem, with the construction of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.
May it be a sign of hope and salvation after the Passion to which many
peoples are now associated, as well as solidarity with those who
continue to live the Gospel of Jesus on the Land where “it all began”.