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Obama lights candles, prays at Bethlehem's Church of Nativity compound
cns ^ | March 22, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky

Posted on 03/22/2013 2:17:25 PM PDT by NYer

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, visiting the West Bank city of Bethlehem, stopped twice to light candles for his family and himself: first at the Church of Nativity grotto, where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born, then at the adjacent Catholic Church of St. Catherine.

On the last leg of his four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Obama also took time for a few moments of private prayer and contemplation, said Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, who was the first to greet the American leader inside the church, welcoming him as "a messenger of peace and reconciliation."

Obama was then greeted by religious leaders according to the Status Quo protocol that governs holy sites: the custos of the Holy Land, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, followed by Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Sevan Gharibian. Muslim religious leaders and Palestinian leaders also greeted Obama, who was accompanied by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas throughout the visit.

Obama viewed the Church of the Nativity's floor mosaics, the Greek Orthodox liturgical platform, the Armenian altar, the Grotto of the Nativity, and the statue of the baby Jesus at the Church of St. Catherine.

Obama prayed again at the Church of St. Catherine, Father Pizzaballa told Catholic News Service following the visit. Obama also spoke about the importance of keeping a Christian presence in Jerusalem, said the custos.

Father Pizzaballa, who explained to the president about the Catholic community in the Holy Land, described the president as "very friendly, very simple and not difficult to talk to."

Obama "said he felt the situation was very complicated but that he will do his best to help the people here and also to help the Christian presence," said Father Pizzaballa.

Patriarch Theophilos described the visit as a "pilgrimage."

"He was very happy to be at the church and appreciated the fact that this is a special holy place and important for the whole of mankind," the patriarch told CNS.

Despite a 45-minute delay in the visit due to an originally unscheduled private meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the president's Jerusalem hotel, the Greek Orthodox patriarch said the 40-minute church visit "went smoothly and according to the program."

Obama had been scheduled to arrive in Bethlehem by helicopter, but high winds blew desert sand and caused almost zero visibility in the area, so he arrived by motorcade.

Earlier in the day, Obama visited the Mount Herzl National Cemetery, where he placed a wreath at the tomb of the father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl and, according to pool reports, placed a stone from the grave of Martin Luther King Jr. on the tomb of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was killed by a Jewish extremist in 1995 for his efforts to make peace with the Palestinians.

Once again reassuring Israelis that America stands with them, Obama spent an hour at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, visiting the Children's Memorial, where the names and ages of 1.5 million Jewish youngsters are intoned in darkness relieved only by pinpricks of light; the Hall of Names, where the details of 4.2 million Holocaust victims are recorded; and the Museum of Holocaust Art.

In the dim Hall of Remembrance, Obama, wearing a white yarmulke, stepped forward to rekindle the Eternal Flame and laid a wreath on a stone crypt containing the ashes of Holocaust victims, crouching close to the stone for a moment's contemplation.

In his remarks after the ceremony, Obama said Yad Vashem was a testament to man's capacity for good as well as evil, citing "the rescuers, the righteous among nations, who refused to be bystanders."

He called the memorial "a source of hope. For we are never powerless. In our lives we always have choices -- to succumb to our worst instincts or to summon the better angels of our nature; to be indifferent to suffering, wherever it may be, whoever it may be visited upon, or to display empathy that is at the core of our humanity. We have the choice to acquiesce to evil or make real our solemn vow of never again."

On March 21, Obama met with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah and spoke with young Palestinian students who presented their science experiments to the president. Later in the day, Obama told several thousand select Israeli university students that the young Palestinian women he had met were not "much different than my daughters, or your daughters or sons."

Urging the Israeli young people to push their leaders to take courageous steps toward peace because it "was the strongest nation in the region with the support of the strongest country in the world," the president said he believed that if Israeli parents were to meet the Palestinian students they would honestly want them to succeed. Despite a lone heckler, Obama received several standing ovations for what the Israeli media said Israeli politicians were too afraid to say: two states for two nations.

"Sometimes the biggest miracle is to recognize that the world can change," said Obama.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhomiddleeast; catholic; church; holyland; israel; nativity; obama; obamavisit; rop; taqiyyah

1 posted on 03/22/2013 2:17:25 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/22/2013 2:19:07 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer

Had to take Kerry cuz he doesn’t know sh**.


3 posted on 03/22/2013 2:19:29 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: NYer

Didn’t go to the wall this time?? Buttering up us Christians?? True sign of a Muslim....liars....


4 posted on 03/22/2013 2:20:45 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: NYer
"Sometimes the biggest miracle is to recognize that the world can change," said Obama.

What the hell is he talking about? My head itches just thinking about how to parse that one.

Change into what? What miracle? Why would it be the biggest?...

This man is a fat big nothing.

5 posted on 03/22/2013 2:25:11 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: NYer
OMG....he placed a stone from the grave of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Rabin's grave. The optimum racist!!

Remember the Russian rock spies??

6 posted on 03/22/2013 2:25:23 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Slyfox
Zero's words are about feelings not meaning.
7 posted on 03/22/2013 2:27:04 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: NYer

Matthew 6:5 comes to mind. With all due respect to the POTUS.


8 posted on 03/22/2013 2:28:01 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: NYer

I don’t believe that he’s a Christian.


9 posted on 03/22/2013 2:29:05 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

“But when ye see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not (let him that readeth understand), then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains.”


10 posted on 03/22/2013 2:29:06 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Slyfox

Merely recycling the big 2008 campaign slogan word, which was Marxist propaganda anyhow.


11 posted on 03/22/2013 2:29:18 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: NYer

Did someone have to remind him that “no, you’re not revisiting the place of your birth”?


12 posted on 03/22/2013 2:30:26 PM PDT by Smittie
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To: Olog-hai

O Little Clown in Bethlehem how still we hear thee lie.


13 posted on 03/22/2013 2:30:50 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Yeah, I know. I wonder what he was feeling standing over the crib of Jesus. Probably nothing we would feel.


14 posted on 03/22/2013 2:31:55 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: NYer

Looks confused and scared in the photo....


15 posted on 03/22/2013 2:32:22 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Olog-hai
A one-note destructive machine, just like his father.


16 posted on 03/22/2013 2:34:54 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: NYer

And the phoniness continues.


17 posted on 03/22/2013 2:36:54 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: trisham; mickie
Hussein Obama's as much a Christian as the Dalai Lama.

Leni

18 posted on 03/22/2013 2:39:05 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: NYer

I believe he prayed to allah (piss be upon him) to forgive him for his taqqiya about being Christian, and that he promised to work for the day when it would be a mosque.


19 posted on 03/22/2013 2:40:44 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: NYer

Did he go to the Dome of the Rock during prayer time? Who carries his prayer mat?


20 posted on 03/22/2013 2:53:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: NYer
>"Obama also spoke about the importance of keeping a Christian presence in Jerusalem,"

Hiz muzzie broz, need tax, and sex slaves, as well as moving targets to aim at.

21 posted on 03/22/2013 2:54:45 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: NYer

God only hears prayers of a rightous man. Unless Obama has repented, accepted Christ as his savior and publicly declared this, his prayers are in vain.


22 posted on 03/22/2013 3:09:41 PM PDT by YukonGreen
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To: NYer

Why?


23 posted on 03/22/2013 3:15:37 PM PDT by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: Sacajaweau

And you think Kerry does? Did you know he served in Vietnam?


24 posted on 03/22/2013 3:19:53 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: NYer
... Obama also took time for a few moments of private prayer and contemplation...

Which one of nobama's "cast of thousands" entourage carries his Moslem prayer rug? Do they have backup prayer rugs?

25 posted on 03/22/2013 3:24:07 PM PDT by upchuck (Free Republic: faster than a speeding bullet!)
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To: Slyfox

I think he means that it’s a miracle that any liberal would notice that change is a constant in nearly all things. He’ll back off of that when an aid points out that it explains the climate better than phonied up temperature data.


26 posted on 03/22/2013 3:25:17 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: NYer

“When you see the abomination of desolation standing where it ought not . . . .”


27 posted on 03/22/2013 3:55:32 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: NYer
Obama lights candles, prays at Bethlehem's Church of Nativity compound

Were the candles, like, on the floor & arranged in a 5 pointed star?

28 posted on 03/22/2013 3:58:04 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means." --I. Montoya)
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To: Slyfox

I’m surprised he didn’t burst into flames!


29 posted on 03/22/2013 4:17:38 PM PDT by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: NYer
where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born,

Where do the Muzzies and Jews say he was born?

30 posted on 03/22/2013 4:29:02 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Lee N. Field
Were the candles, like, on the floor & arranged in a 5 pointed star?


31 posted on 03/22/2013 5:35:29 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: 21st Century Crusader

Funny the sand and wind storms kept him from flying in. Maybe someone was trying to send him a message.


32 posted on 03/22/2013 5:44:14 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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