Category Archives: Holy Land

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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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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In their words: Hopes for Pope Francis’ Holy Land visit

By Judith Sudilovsky JERUSALEM — Pope Francis has emphasized that the main purpose of his May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land is ecumenical, but many in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories are hoping he will use his diplomatic … Continue reading

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19th-century frescos uncovered in Jerusalem Catholic hospital

By Judith Sudilovsky JERUSALEM — Riding on the wave of interest of all things Catholic prior to Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, the Israel Antiquities Authority invited journalists to take a peek at a series of fascinating 19th-century … Continue reading

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A ‘Top Ten’ list about Jesus

Unlike David Letterman’s “Top Ten” lists, this list starts with the smallest number and then proceeds from there. The list is from Jesuit Father James Martin, editor at large of America magazine and author of the new book “Jesus: A … Continue reading

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Jerusalem welcomes Vatican official who works with Jews

By Judith Sudilovsky JERUSALEM — Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews, was warmly welcomed by a largely Jewish audience to an intimate gathering focusing on Jewish-Catholic relations. Sharing the stage with … Continue reading

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Reflections on a visit to the Gaza Strip

Sami El Yousef, regional director in Palestine and Israel for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, just returned from his first trip in seven months to the Gaza Strip. In reflections posted on the website of the Catholic Near East … Continue reading

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