Pray for Holy Land Christians at Christmas, Urges Cardinal Foley

By Jesús Colina

ROME, DEC. 10, 2007 ( Cardinal John Foley is urging believers to live spiritually close to Christians in the Holy Land this Christmas.

The Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem told ZENIT today that “the descendents of the very first followers of Christ still live in the Holy Land. Their lives have become increasingly difficult because they are a minority within a minority.”

“They are a minority in Israel because of the Jewish majority,” he said, “and they are a minority within a minority because they are part of the Palestinian minority there. In the Palestinian Territories they are a minority in an increasingly militant Muslim community.”

“So they need our prayers and our financial support,” said the 72-year-old cardinal. “Prayers so we may be united with them; financial support so their parishes, their schools, their social services may continue to flourish and to be able to serve not only them but the entire community.”

“So at this Christmas pray and sacrifice for your brother and sister Christians in the Holy Land,” he added.

Cardinal Foley said that beginning Tuesday he will visit his native diocese in Philadelphia as an act of thanksgiving for having been made cardinal Nov. 24.