In a heartfelt letter to Christians residing in the tumultuous Holy Land, Pope Francis conveyed a message of solidarity and hope.

The letter, released on March 27 in various languages, including Arabic, arrives at a time when the local Christian community, among others, faces humanitarian challenges due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

The Pope’s message highlights the unique trials faced by Christians in the Holy Land, especially during Easter. “For some time, you have daily been in my thoughts and prayers,” the Pope said. He specifically addressed those “most affected by the senseless tragedy of war,” including children deprived of a future and families engulfed in grief.

Recounting his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2014, Pope Francis reflected on the enduring significance of the region, not just as the cradle of Christianity but as a testament to the resilience of its people. He reiterated his message of hope, saying, “The history of salvation, and indeed its geography, would not exist apart from the land in which you have dwelt for centuries.”

Furthermore, the Pontiff reassured the community of the universal Church’s support, affirming, “You are not alone; we will never leave you alone.”

Concluding his letter, Pope Francis invoked the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “daughter of your land,” calling for continued prayers for peace and solidarity among all inhabitants of the Holy Land. He encouraged prayers and practical charity from Catholics worldwide to manifest this solidarity.

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