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Bethlehem – ‘Coronavirus has destroyed our life’

The coronavirus pandemic has left Bethlehem’s tourism-reliant economy in tatters, according to a shop owner, who has appealed to pilgrims, saying he longs for the day when they can safely return.  Rony Tabash, owner of the Nativity Store in Bethlehem, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that COVID-19 is the biggest […]

A difficult Christmas in the birthplace of Jesus

Holy Land Bethlehem celebrates Christmas under difficult circumstances  Joseph and Mary quietly rocked the child. Shepherds gathered around them. Children in costumes were enacting the Nativity of Jesus deep in the subterranean chapels tucked away into nooks and crannies under the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The actual Nativity took place close by over 2,000 […]

ACN Feature – The Holy Land

  Holy Land “Exercising mercy and demanding justice belong together” The Holy Doors in Bethlehem and Nazareth will soon be opened – Auxiliary Bishop Marcuzzo from Nazareth emphasizes the role forgiveness in the Holy Land as also having political dimensions “The Holy Year of Mercy is very important for the Holy Land. It has spiritual, […]

Press Release – The Nuncio in Israel explains the program for Pope Francis’ visit to the Middle East

Papal visit to the Holy Land: “Not a traditional pilgrimage” Montreal, Friday March 28, 2014  –  In view of the publication by the Vatican on Thursday of the program for the Papal visit to the Middle East, the Apostolic Nuncio in Israel and Delegate in the Palestinian territories, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, stressed in Jerusalem that […]

Patriarch’s Christmas Message to the faithful

Dear friends and faithful of the Holy Land, Christmas leads the eyes of the world to look towards Bethlehem. It is from here, in the midst of conflict and violence tearing our Middle East apart, that the mystery of Christmas gently rises and spreads throughout the world. At this time, we cannot forget in our […]