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People: Pio Laghi
Locations: Istanbul, Rome


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'Don't give up on Holy Land'

A REFIRED VATICAN cardinal has urged Christians to continue their pilgrimages to the Holy Land in spite of the troubles in the region.

Pilgrimages to the Holy Land elevate the understanding of the Gospel to another level, said Cardinal Pio Laghi, who led a group of 50 Italian pilgrims on a visit there.

"In a way, when you just study the Gospel, it remains flat," said Cardinal Laghi, a former nuncio to the United States and the mired head of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education.

"Coming here elevates your understanding of what the Gospel says ... Our pilgrimages also benefit those here who are witnesses to the faith and who have been challenged because of the situation. We have to support them not only with our spirit of solidarity but also (we must) do something for them ... We are protected here. We are less safe in Istanbul or even in Rome."

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