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  • THE MARVEL OF CHRISTMAS

    12/21/2009 8:20:54 AM PST · by freedomyes · 4 replies · 351+ views
    TownHall ^ | Dec 21 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    Christmas is heaven's marvel. It is beyond us and yet with us. The birth of God! It took place in Bethlehem. The theologians refer to this marvel as the "incarnation." This is truly the marvelous paradox in our midst: God had no beginning, yet Bethlehem is his start. God is the author of life, yet he comes to life in a castoff barn. God, the creator of all, is created in Mary's womb. The Eternal One becomes earth-bound. The Invisible becomes visible. The Immortal becomes mortal. The Immeasurable becomes measurable. The Timeless and Spatially Limitless One becomes logged into this...
  • If Palestinians Get Their Way, Say Goodbye to the Church of the Nativity

    12/20/2009 1:19:17 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 480+ views
    A message to observant Christians, you should know that if there ever is a Palestinian State you can say goodbye to holy sites Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Ascension. Christian holy sites and populations are endangered whenever Palestinians gain control. Christian towns and churches, including the sacred Church of the Nativity, have been used as bases for Palestinian snipers and launching-sites for terrorist attacks. Many historically Christian towns that came under Palestinian control through Oslo — Bethlehem being only the most famous example — quickly lost their Christian majority as those citizens steadily fled Muslim oppression...
  • Christians to have free access to Bethlehem during Christmas

    12/18/2009 10:23:59 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 722+ views
    J Post ^ | December 14, 2009 | MATTHEW WAGNER
    Christian leaders representing a wide spectrum of sects were assured Monday morning by the commander of the IDF's Civil Administration Bethlehem Coordination and Liaison Office that Christian pilgrims would have free access to the birthplace of Jesus during the Christmas holiday. Priests, archbishops and friars representing Latin Catholic, Coptic, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan, Lutheran, Anglican, Syrian Orthodox, Ethiopian and Armenian Christian sects met with Lt.-Col. Eyad Sirhan, the Druse commander responsible for orchestrating pilgrimages by a diverse collection of Christian faithful. Some wore the black and white collar of the priest, others wore robes and traditional hats. Conversation was conducted in...
  • The Innkeeper's Tale

    12/18/2009 7:11:24 AM PST · by mshoffner · 238+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 12/18/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    A memory of an innkeeper was published in the Nov. 22, 2006 edition of the local paper. Authored by Ralph Wilson of Joyful Heart Ministries. Finding it a unique take on the Christmas story, for the season, I have decided to add it to my column. For the rest of the writing period before Christmas, I will be doing articles on the holiday and its traditions. Please enjoy. They think I'm some kind of cruel, heartless landlord. Someone must have told them that. But they're wrong, just plain wrong, and it's time to set the record straight, once and for...
  • CHRISTMAS: SMALL COUNTS BIG

    12/14/2009 2:27:06 PM PST · by freedomyes · 2 replies · 264+ views
    jgrantswankjr ^ | Dec 14 09 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    After all, Christmas offers nothing but small.
  • Palestinians are Targeting Mother Rachel

    10/30/2009 1:26:42 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 235+ views
    Mann News/ The Lid ^ | 10/31/09 | The Lid
    Bethlehem – Ma’an News-Rachel’s Tomb lies behind Israel’s eight-meter concrete separation wall in a fortified enclave close to the center of Bethlehem. The wall criss-crosses Bethlehem, blocking the main road to Jerusalem, encircling a refugee camp and looming over the upscale Intercontinental hotel. Right-wing religious groups petitioned Israel’s highest court in 2004 to re-route the wall to include the tomb on the western side. To this day the site, formerly known as the location of the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, is accessible only from the Israeli side. A major strategy of the Palestinians in their goal of ultimately taking over...
  • Tried by Fire: Bethlehem’s Remnant

    10/22/2009 12:01:50 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 7 replies · 441+ views
    CBN ^ | 21 Oct | Gary Lane
    BETHLEHEM - One of the untold stories of the Middle East is what is happening to the Christian population. Many are fleeing areas like the West Bank city of Bethlehem because Muslims are persecuting them. Bethlehem is the birthplace of Christ and was once a Christian city. But today Christians are only about 10 to 15 percent of the population. Some observers say if the mass exodus continues, within another generation it could become a city of Christian holy sites without any Christian residents. Justice Weiner believes that is happening. He has spent years investigating persecution and the exodus of...
  • Fatah Conference in Bethlehem: Will they renounce armed struggle?

    08/04/2009 3:11:15 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 2 replies · 322+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | August 4 2009 | Pinchas Inbari
    Many observers are watching to see to what extent Fatah's Sixth General Congress will advance or retard the prospects for re-launching the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. In this regard, the crucial question is: Is Fatah going to waive its historical principle of "armed struggle" and devote itself to peace negotiations based on compromise? The two relevant documents to be discussed and approved by the Fatah Congress are the Political Program and Fatah's "Internal Order." The Political Program might be seen as reflecting progress in terms of accepting a political solution and rejecting violence - but it falls...
  • The Beleaguered Christians in Bethlehem

    06/27/2009 2:47:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies · 329+ views
    Christian families have long been complaining of intimidation and land theft by Muslims, especially those working for the Palestinian Authority. Many Christians in Bethlehem and the nearby [Christian] towns of Bet Sahour and Bet Jalla have repeatedly complained that Muslims have been seizing their lands either by force or through forged documents. In recent years, not only has the number of Christians continued to dwindle, but Bethlehem and its surroundings also became hotbeds for Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters and members. Moreover, several Christian women living in these areas have complained about verbal and sexual assaults by Muslim men. .....
  • The Beleaguered Christians in Bethlehem

    06/27/2009 2:53:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies · 377+ views
    Hudson New York ^ | 5/12/09 | Khaled Abu Toami
    Christian families have long been complaining of intimidation and land theft by Muslims, especially those working for the Palestinian Authority. Many Christians in Bethlehem and the nearby [Christian] towns of Bet Sahour and Bet Jalla have repeatedly complained that Muslims have been seizing their lands either by force or through forged documents. In recent years, not only has the number of Christians continued to dwindle, but Bethlehem and its surroundings also became hotbeds for Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters and members. Moreover, several Christian women living in these areas have complained about verbal and sexual assaults by Muslim men. .....
  • Intact ancient tomb uncovered in Bethlehem

    06/23/2009 1:39:58 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 756+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2009 | NASSER SHIYOUKHI
    Workers renovating a house in the traditional town of Jesus' birth accidentally discovered an untouched ancient tomb containing clay pots, plates, beads and the bones of two humans, a Palestinian antiquities official said Tuesday.
  • Pope says Bethlehem wall "can be taken down"

    05/13/2009 8:40:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies · 834+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/14/09 | Philip Pullella & Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh
    Pope says Bethlehem wall "can be taken down"Reuters - Thursday, May 14 By Philip Pullella and Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Pope Benedict on Wednesday said the fortified Israeli wall dividing Bethlehem from Jerusalem could be taken down, if Israel and the Palestinians could remove the walls around their hearts. On a visit to the town where Christians believe the son of God was born, he said he had seen "overshadowing much of Bethlehem, the wall that intrudes into your territories, separating neighbours and dividing families." "Although walls can be easily built, we all know that they do...
  • Molotov Cocktail Hits Christian Mayor's Car (JERUSALEM)

    04/26/2009 3:54:03 PM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 480+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | April 26, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – A Molotov cocktail and gunshots targeted the car of Bethlehem's Christian mayor yesterday, as local leaders there quietly fingered Islamists for attempting to intimidate Christians in one of the most important cities for Christianity. "It's in retaliation for the Passover festivities we held two weeks ago," claimed one Bethlehem Christian leader, speaking to WND on condition of anonymity out of fear for his life. "We had very loud and public Christian displays," he said. "Now they (Islamists) want to send us a message not to get too comfortable." Mayor Victor Batarsa's car was hit while it was parked...
  • Still the question of birth -- Mombassa or Bethlehem?

    12/29/2008 9:51:13 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 28 replies · 1,215+ views
    Renew America ^ | Clenard Childress | Clenard Childress
    Sixty-six percent of American citizens will celebrate Christmas this season as a religious holiday. It is the day of the year where the globe recognizes the birth of the Messiah, the child called Jesus who was born "away in a manger" in the town of Bethlehem. The place of the birth of the Messiah was extremely important due to the promise made by God, prophesied by Micah. This Old Testament Seer proclaimed the Christ child would be born in the town of Bethlehem. The Scribes and Chief Priest living at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ validated and...
  • Bethlehem fills up with Christmas pilgrims

    12/24/2008 7:53:36 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 24, 2008 | Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Thousands of Christian pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem's Manger Square on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas under the protection of security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. About 500 security men arrived from the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Jericho to provide security for the holiday. Similar deployments have taken place across the West Bank over the past year with U.S. backing. "We expect about 40,000 visitors in Bethlehem this week," said Khouloud Daibes-Abu Dayyeh, the Palestinian Authority's minister of tourism. The estimate includes Christians from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Israel and the...
  • America and 'The Door of Humility'

    12/21/2008 3:19:06 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 416+ views
    Renew America ^ | December 21, 2008 | By Rev. Mark H. Creech
    "It is supremely fitting that every man should approach the infant Jesus upon his knees." In Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity originally built by the Christian Emperor Constantine during the fourth century is located above a cave that legend holds is the place of Christ's birth. It's impossible to know whether the spot truly is where the Virgin Mary delivered the Son of God. Nevertheless, one interesting fact about the Church is that all pilgrims who venture to see the supposed place where the holy child was laid in a manger must first enter through The Door of Humility....
  • Will Palestinians Destroy the Church of the Nativity ?

    A message to observant Christians, you should know that if there ever is a Palestinian State you can say goodbye to holy sites Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Ascension. Christian holy sites and populations are endangered whenever Palestinians gain control. Christian towns and churches, including the sacred Church of the Nativity, have been used as bases for Palestinian snipers and launching-sites for terrorist attacks. Many historically Christian towns that came under Palestinian control through Oslo — Bethlehem being only the most famous example — quickly lost their Christian majority as those citizens steadily fled Muslim oppression...
  • Thousands of pilgrims in Bethlehem for Christmas. But life remains difficult for Christians

    12/18/2008 10:02:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 333+ views
    Asia News ^ | 12/17/2008
    "The flow of foreign tourists had suffered the consequences of the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 2008 showed a reversal in the trend. Fr. Pizzaballa tells AsiaNews that this "was a truly unusual year for everyone: numbers never seen before, much greater than those recorded in 2000...."
  • BBC has got a Muslim trying to rewrite historic Jewish Jesus from Judea

    12/17/2008 8:56:28 AM PST · by PRePublic · 6 replies · 744+ views
    BBC has got a Muslim trying to rewrite historic Jewish Jesus from Judea (attempting -- to no avail -- to "Arabize"& confuse JUDEA with Arabia...). Accompanied with a typical Islamic-bigotry's bombarding propaganda of the "bad" Israelis that dare to try fight the Arab Muslim (invaders) that terrorize the Jews (with security checkpoints). http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7784227.stm BBC's Aleem Maqbool: The road to Bethlehem
  • Pope to make rare visit to Israel in May, following months of Jewish-Catholic tension

    11/27/2008 11:24:41 AM PST · by philly-d-kidder · 6 replies · 335+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 27 November 2008 | Anshel Pfeffer
    Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in May 2009 after accepting an invitation by President Shimon Peres. The Vatican and Israel are said, thus, to hopefully end the high tension of recent months between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people over the initiative of canonizing Pope Pius XII. This visit, which would be the third visit of a pope to Israel since the establishment of the state, has not yet been officially confirmed. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1041322.html