Cardinal Ruini: Go to the Holy Land

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ROME, AUG. 28, 2007 ( Benedict XVI's vicar for the Diocese of Rome is encouraging people to make pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

Cardinal Camillo Ruini made his appeal Monday from Romes' Fiumicino airport, before leaving for a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

In a press conference, the cardinal encouraged pilgrimages to the places mentioned in the Gospels.

Pilgrims' trips to the Holy Land, he said, are "a basic condition to favor the peace and serenity of the holy places. We must all work to overcome the fears that stop the faithful who wish to go to the Holy Land."

"Maybe they are unfounded fears," Cardinal Ruini added, "but understandable ones. While we go to Lourdes we ask the Lord for peace in the Holy Land."