Monthly Archives: May 2014

Pope in Holy Land: When prayer leads to tearful embrace

VATICAN CITY — In a Holy Land pilgrimage filled with emotion, the embrace of Pope Francis, Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud this morning was powerful. Even at a distance of more than 1,400 miles, (thanks to the Vatican Television … Continue reading

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Heads up: Don’t read this blog if you’re hungry

By Judith Sudilovsky BETHLEHEM, West Bank — When Casa Nova head Chef Elias Akroush, 33, learned that Pope Francis would be lunching with five Palestinian families at the pilgrim guesthouse where he directs the kitchen, he knew he would turn … Continue reading

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Survey: Christians would leave Holy Land’s cities

By Judith Sudilovsky BEIT JALLA, West Bank — Nearly two-thirds of Christians in Jerusalem and the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem said in a survey that they would emigrate if given a chance, Bethlehem University sociologist Bernard Sabella found. Sabella, a member … Continue reading

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Prayer to Mary: Pope doesn’t leave Rome without it

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis entrusted his upcoming apostolic journey to the Holy Land to Our Lady when he visited a Marian icon at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning. He brought roses and prayed in … Continue reading

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Tight security, traffic jams concern Israelis, Palestinians

By Judith Sudilovsky BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Pope Francis’ Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem will be the only opportunity for local faithful to participate in the papal visit. While there is room for about 9,000 people in the square, locals … Continue reading

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Whooah, she’s halfway there! Sr. Cristina is “Livin’ On A Prayer”

ROME — A religious sister singing a Bon Jovi mega-hit with a British boy band for backup? “Never say never,” Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia told her audience last night before she was swept into the semifinals by popular vote.   … Continue reading

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You say, ‘Potato,’ they say, ‘Not a white one’

At a time when much of the nation seems to be getting with the campaign for better nutrition, big potato growers are pushing Congress to ignore the USDA guidelines that keep white potatoes off the list of fresh vegetables eligible … Continue reading

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