Pilgrims Baptized in Jordan River
Catholic News Service (10 January 2012)
QASR EL-YEHUD, West Bank (CNS) With 8 year-old grandson Jamal in tow, Hajeh Mattar made her way across a wooden platform alongside the Jordan River. Her plan: to baptize him in the waters of the river at the traditional site of Jesus baptism.
West Bank Priest Calls on President Obama
Catholic News Service (14 June 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — U.S. President Barack
Obama must be more pro-active in his support of
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rather than
denigrating his ability to bring about a peace agreement
with Israel, said a West Bank priest.
Bethlehem University Appoints First Female V.P.
Catholic News Service (24 September 2012)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Thirty-five years after the first class graduated from Bethlehem University, one of its members became the first woman and Palestinian to hold the Catholic school’s highest academic position.
Christmas in the Holy Land: Family and Community
Catholic News Service (18 December 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The simmering smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in Catholic parishes across the West Bank and Israel heralds the start of the Christmas season in early December as families prepare burbara, the special wheat pudding eaten to mark the feast day of St. Barbara, known as Eid al Burbara in Arabic.
Picture of the Day: A Christian Village
A retired priest sits near a painting of St. Lawrence at the Beit Afram home for the elderly in Taybeh. (photo: Rich Wiles)
Picture of the Day: A Wall Divides Them
In this unpublished photo from 2004, a Palestinian mother and child await passage through the Israeli security barrier near the Arab village of Bethany. (photo: Kevin Unger)
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Catholic Leaders Condemn Planned Route of Wall
The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land condemns the planned route of the separation wall in Cremisan valley.
Snow in Bethlehem
Photos from the unusual snowy weather in the Holy Land
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