- Jul 8, 2020
This fire had originally been kindled at Christ’s birthplace, the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank. Duane is part of a national network of volunteers spreading this “Peace Light from Bethlehem” across the nation.
A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas.
Ten bishops participated in the Jan. 18-27 USCCB Hispanic Bishops’ Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land.
Bishops from three continents said their Jan. 17 meeting with students from the Bethlehem University nursing department satellite campus gave them a sense of hope.
Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, was toned down on account of the recent violence sparked by President Donald Trump’s recognition of nearby Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mahmoud Hawari, director of the Palestinian Museum in the West Bank, says olive wood carving has been a livelihood for Holy Land Christians in Bethlehem since the fourth century A.D., the Byzantine period. Christians there hope the new conflict created by President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem doesn’t scare tourists away.