• ‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

    ‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

    • Dec 7, 2016

    In Bethlehem, a big white Christmas tree made of lights was set up in Nativity square and locals hope for conflict free holidays as they set up Santa Claus decorations and holiday light in their shops. After two years where political reality replaced holiday cheer, Christians dare to hope again.

  • Why both Vatican and Israel need pope’s trip to succeed

    • May 21, 2014

    This weekend Francis will become the fourth pope to visit Israel, and while the country is officially preparing to roll out the red carpet, there’s also alarm among organizers that the pontiff’s reception may not be uniformly positive. Some Israelis, for instance, have taken the pope’s schedule as an implied

  • What’s at stake when Pope Francis visits the Holy Land

    • May 17, 2014

    Pope Francis leaves next Saturday for a brief but intense three-day outing to Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, and Israel, a region Christians traditionally call the “Holy Land.” He’ll become the fourth pope to make the trip, which is always a religious and political high-wire act. Four challenges await him, beginning