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The Christmas Welcome Mat

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 02.23.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The Mass is special, a statement of the community drawn together by something and Someone larger than itself. The pageantry of Christmas reminds us that Mass is not a routine event, that it holds special meaning.

PHOTOS: Pilgrimage To The Church Of The Nativity

Posted 12.23.2011 | Religion

Christian pilgrims pray in the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, where a gold star in the floor marks the spot believed to be the birth...

Coptic Christian Asylum Seekers Celebrate Christmas In Bethlehem

Zak Bennett | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Zak Bennett

Even though being denied entrance after their long journey, the Coptic Christians from Eritrea and Ethiopia sang louder, kept smiling and celebrated near to one of the holiest place in their religion.

Islamic Christmas

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

Jesus belongs to all Muslims because of what the struggle with his people represents; it resembles that of many Muslims today.

Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions

Liz Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Liz Black

If you're religious to the point you refuse evolution as a concept, this is not the play for you. But for the rest of the world, Coming is that bitch-slap that will shock you and leave its impression after you leave.

Christmas in Bethlehem: Then and Now

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

The constriction of growth and the lack of economic opportunity have forced Bethlehemites to flee in search of jobs and freedom, with tens of thousands of them and their descendants now living in the U.S. and the Americas.

Bethlehem Shepherds Are A Dying Breed In Israel

The Guardian | Ana Carbajosa in Bethlehem | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

If an "angel of the Lord" were to appear in the sky over Bethlehem today, there would be scarcely any shepherds keeping watch over their flocks to wit...

Why The Birthplace Of Jesus Matters

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

While theories vary on who the "historical" Jesus really was, there's general agreement that Jesus was not born in Bethlehem. So why was it so important for the gospel writers to claim Bethlehem as Jesus' birthplace?

Frick Collection Doesn't Frickin' Get It

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ashley Wren Collins

The Frick Collection does not admit children under the age of 10 (though it says nothing about admitting those under the age of two) and its young educational outreach programs are geared only to middle school students and older.

Israeli Tourism Maps Annex Palestinian Lands and Omit Palestinian Cities

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While negotiations will soon begin, how about the international community making the simple request that Israel end ignoring Palestinians and Palestine, at least on the maps it officially produces?

The Fourth Assassin: A Palestinian Detective in Brooklyn

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Wherever a Palestinian travels, the ties to home are too intertwined with agony to break. The Fourth Assassin explores the dilemma of the Palestinian living in the Western world.

Israel Prevents Christian Pilgrims From Visiting Bethlehem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

In a response to a totally nonviolent protest by Palestinian Christians and Muslims demanding their freedom of movement the Israeli army has effectively banned entry of Christian pilgrims and tourists from visiting the birth place of Christ.

Israeli Heritage or Jewish Heritage or Both?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The most worrisome aspect of the decision by the Israeli government to recognize various West Bank sites as part of Israel's heritage is the conflation of the state of Israel and the Jewish religion.

How Settlers Prevented The Construction of a Palestinian Hospital

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

This is how it has worked in the Occupied Territories since 1967. Settlers establish facts on the ground, apply pressure, threaten violence, and the IDF and the Israeli government give in.

Bethlehem Traders Face Poor Christmas As Gaza Problem's Stifle Tourism

GlobalPost | Catrina Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Bethlehem's traders face a bleak Christmas this year as they compete for a dwindling share of much-needed tourism revenues....

Route 78 lane in Bethlehem closes after accident with motorhome

NJ.com | NJ.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BETHLEHEM -- A motorhome flipped over on Route 78 eastbound in Bethlehem Township, causing the right lane of the busy highway to be closed, according ...

Christmas Decoded? What New Discoveries in Nazareth Tell Us About Jesus

Bruce Feiler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bruce Feiler

The truth is that even if we found a house in Nazareth with the names Mary and Joseph on the mailbox and a birth announcement of a baby Jesus carved into a wall, we'd still never find proof that God sent forth a messiah into the world.

Obama is First US President in Office who Speaks of the Suffering of Palestinian Christians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

In Cairo, Barack Obama spoke of the suffering of a religious group rarely mentioned in the mainstream media: Palestine's Christians.

Pope Commits To Holy Land Trip In May

The Huffington Post | Catherine Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed that he will travel to holy sites in Israel and the Palestinian Territories from May 11 to May 15, marking only the se...

Day Four: Gaza War Postings

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

I've been zigzagging my way between Israel and the West Bank to avoid IDF checkpoints. When we enter the Palestinian territories where emotions ran high, my Palestinian driver almost has a fit when he finds out that my cameraman is an Israeli.

Claims of Bias in Palestinian Textbooks: The Other Side of the Story

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jillian York

An article by Harold Evans today purports that Palestinian children are being taught the values of martyrdom and war in school. The author and the sources he quotes are deeply biased.

Canvassing Through Allentown

Jake Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Goldman

It's not often that I'm awake at 5am, stumbling through sidewalks looking for a cup of coffee to clutch. Most of the time, I couldn't think of anyth...