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Bethlehem

The Silent Cry of Bethlehem

James Zogby | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
James Zogby

Bethlehem has always loomed large in our imagination. For generations, the feelings evoked by this town have been captured in multiple art forms, serving to inspire both believers and non-believers with its message of hope and the joyful promise of new life.

Faithful Pilgrims Flock To Bethlehem For Christmas In The Holy Land

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebration...

Bethlehem Is Not The Idyllic Nativity Village It Once Was

AP | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 12.25.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — It's Christmas season and the little town of Bethlehem is jammed with a big-city problem: Traffic snarling streets every...

The Shepherd from Bethlehem Speaks

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shepherd? Most of the time you are bored out of your mind. I sit there and watch sheep day after day. I never wanted to be a shepherd.

Mary and Joseph

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Joseph and Mary remind us that Christmas is a genuine love story--the story of God's unwavering love for us and our love for him; the marvelous love of a wife and a husband and the joyous wonder of a first child.

Believers Pray To ‘Our Lady Of The Milk'

Religion News Service | Michelle Chabin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Dozens of photos of smiling babies accompanied by moving testimonials line the walls of Franciscan Brother Lawrence Bode’...

Happy Christmas from the Middle East

Canon Andrew White | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Canon Andrew White

Here in their refugee camp, the Christians with no Christmas like us in the West have placed a refugee tent for Jesus, and there in the camp is a tent for another person who was also a poor refugee who had nothing.

What Do Palestinians Want for Christmas

Anton Murra | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Anton Murra

Instead, the plight of the Palestinian Christian is very much connected to that of the Palestinian Muslim in that both experience injustices every day as a result of oppressive and discriminatory policies imposed on them by the Israeli Occupation.

Celebrating Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Actually, we will never know the exact birth date of Jesus. But that really doesn't make any difference, for we know that Jesus was a real person who is still alive and is a very real presence in our lives today. Let us focus on that as we prepare for a blessed Christmas celebration.

Israeli Settlements Squeeze Religious Tourism In Palestinian Areas, Officials Say

Reuters | Luke Baker | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion

* Palestinians lament pressure on Bethlehem's tourism * Israeli settlements cutting off the city, they say * Expert esti...

Casinos Fail Old Industrial Towns

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Peter Van Buren

Only a generation ago, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania had a steel mill employing tens of thousands of people at good wages. The typical casino worker today in Bethlehem makes $10-12 an hour. Many are part-time.

The Pope And Peace In The Middle East: We Are All Francis Now

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Pope Francis has shown us a faithful, peaceful approach to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. All of us can follow his example. We are all Pope Francis now. It is up to all of us.

No One Remembers the Name of the Inn: A Christmas Eve Homily

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When we tell and retell the most important stories of our life, we often find that every time we tell it, there are a few details that we can't leave ...

Christmas, Fact and Fiction

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Human beings are story-telling creatures. Stories help us to understand our world, to find our place in it and sometimes our purpose, too. So, the distinctions we draw between fact and fiction are rarely as absolute as we might wish them to be.

Jesus' Birthplace Gets Urgent Repairs

AP | DANIELA BERRETTA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity...

Christmas Is for Worship

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 01.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

It's time to worry a lot less about getting Christ back into Christmas (he can't be blasted out of Christmas, no matter how hard anyone tries). What needs to get back into Christmas is worship.

Footsteps of a Mother -- One Woman's Journey to Bring Peace to the Holy Land

Roots of Peace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Roots of Peace

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgI'm often asked what drives my work in the Middle East. I do it because I am a mother.

Street Art At The Israeli-Palestinian Separation Wall

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

After a half hour, soldiers yelled down, asking what they were doing. "We're from New York, we paint," they shouted back, and continued spraying. M...

My Piece in the Middle East

Greg White | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Greg White

This week, Israel has been safe and was my best travel bet. She wears a lot of beautiful hats -- and I've been embraced and hugged by them all. I was respectful in my behavior and they returned the kindness. I'm not religious, but I pray the next person finds Israel as happy as I leave it.

Ten Reasons to Love Pennsylvania

Judith Fein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Travel
Judith Fein

"You're going to Pennsylvania?" our friends asked. "You're usually flying off to some destination we've never heard of, but the state named after William Penn? Why Pennsylvania?"

The Beauty of Palestine: Olives, Women, and Scarves

Rick Steves | Posted 07.17.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Frankly, Palestine is not a very pretty place. In hopes of scouting somewhere that looks good for our TV camera, I searched for natural zones. One pla...

Bethlehem: Gateway to Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 07.16.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

If there was no border or traffic to deal with, you could bicycle from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in...

Peace Through People: From Bethlehem And Around The World

Karen Berg | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Karen Berg

If we can feel those around us and extend love instead of judgment, we can create unity among peoples, and our words and actions will reverberate around the world.

Israeli And Palestinian Women Crossing The Divide

Diana Bletter | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Diana Bletter

The distance between Bethlehem and Acco is about 113 miles, yet most of the women have never had the chance to meet one another. "Women can change the idea that we can't live together," said the organizer. "Because we can."

Why I Love the Lehigh Valley

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

People still look at me funny when I say Rodale is headquartered in the Lehigh Valley. Sometimes I'll say Emmaus, sometimes Allentown or Bethlehem. B...