The collection taken at Pope Benedict XVI’s evening Mass on Holy Thursday will go to support humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees.
The collection is “a very generous gesture by the Pope towards the immense suffering of our people, who also live the consequences of the embargo,” Samir Nassar, the Maronite archbishop of Damascus, told Fides news agency.
“It is a gesture of closeness and solidarity that has a strong meaning for us in this Lenten time and of great suffering: It makes the universal Church feel closer to its faithful in difficulty,” the archbishop continued.
The collection will take place during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. The pontifical...READ MORE