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The Shock We Encountered at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

The world has changed. The question is -- has that really impacted the way we do business, engage in politics, share our faith, offer assistance, create educational programs, and more?

To Get the Most out of a Trip to Israel, Do These 11 Things

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 03.05.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Just over 250 miles long and 70 miles wide at its widest point (9 miles wide at narrowest), Israel can be covered in a matter of hours. But, you'll want to stay for days -- as many as possible -- because every inch of this country is imbued with meaning.

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Book Review)

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

The goal in enlisting mental health professionals in your divorce is to help you move forward. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help, especially if it will get you to a better place emotionally and spiritually.

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

Faithful Pilgrims Flock To Bethlehem For Christmas In The Holy Land

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

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

Shepherd's Field -- Peace on Whom His Favor Rests

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

One Sunday morning last spring I sat in that field. Sunday -- a day of Sabbath and rest and time set aside to meet in fellowship and community with the body of Christ and with our Creator. It is such an incredible privilege to work and spend time in that holy place.

Five Reasons to Walk the Holy Land

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.17.2015 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

Most of them step on and off tour buses and squeeze in and out of large hotels. Here are five journeys that get you off the beaten tarmac and experience the Holy Land on foot.

Peace in Israel: A Psycho-Spiritual Conversation

Paul Hunting | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Paul Hunting

If we can move away from what's causing the strife (mainly politics and religion) and, without disrespecting either, discuss the psycho-spiritual process by which any one or group of human beings can create wealth, health and fulfillment then there is hope.

Justin Timberlake Visits Western Wall, Instagrams It With #Israel

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

International pop star Justin Timberlake made a holy detour before his concert in Tel Aviv on May 28, posing for a picture at the Western Wall. The Wa...

Jaweed Kaleem

How Pope Francis' Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Could Be A Turning Point In Christian-Muslim Relations

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

For the past week, it's all that Khaldoun Barghouti, a resident of Ramallah in the West Bank, has seen on TV, heard on the radio and read when he logs...

LOOK: How Christianity Is Disappearing In The Middle East In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land on May 24 has highlighted an increasing exodus of Christians from the Middle East, the very region that gave birt...

Pope Francis' Holy Land Visit Marks Major Moment For Diplomacy

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis insists his weekend pilgrimage to the Middle East is a "strictly religious" commemoration of a key turning point in C...

Pope To Visit Palestinian Refugee Camp On Holy Land Visit

AP | Mohammed Daraghmeh | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

DHEISHEH REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) - Pope Francis will spend less than half an hour in this Palestinian refugee camp during a jam-packed Holy Land ...

Pope Eyes Mending Religious Conflicts On Visit To Holy Land

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy L...

Dramatc Christian Exodus Shadows Papal Visit To Holy Land

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Pope Francis will arrive this weekend in the land where Christianity was born — and where Christians are disappearing....

A Virtual Tour Of The Pope's Holy Land Visit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis sets out for the Holy Land on May 24, and not a minute of his three-day trip will be wasted. The pope will visit some of the most sacred ...

Jewish Groups To Demonstrate Against Pope Francis Visit

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) Ahead of Pope Francis’ visit, Jewish religious and nationalist groups plan to demonstrate Thursday (May 22) to demand that the Israe...

Pope Francis To Be Joined By Rabbi and Muslim Leader In Holy Land

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A rabbi and a Muslim leader will join Pope Francis on his upcoming trip to the Holy Land, the first time an official papal delegat...

Holy Land Christians Hope Pope Francis' Visit Will Revive Peace Talks

Religion News Service | Evan Simko-Bednarski and Harry Stevens | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) With the last round of peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority stalled if not moribund, so...

Jerusalem Morning: Easter Bells Ringing

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

It is a great privilege to be in Jerusalem on Eastern morning. In a few hours, the city will wake with the sunrise and worshipers from diverse Christian traditions from all over the world with gather to share the words with one another, "He is Risen!"

New Tourism Initiative Brings Another Face to the Holy Land

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Travel
Anav Silverman

In a kitchen in Mea She'arim, stands an unlikely group of people: a Christian from Texas, a Muslim Arab from the Mount of Olives, and a Christian Arab from Jerusalem. Even more unusual is that the group is learning how to bake Challah -- the special sweet bread baked for the Jewish Sabbath.

Muslim Sheikh Mourns Settler Rabbi

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Anav Silverman

A year since the passing of peace activist and settler Rabbi Menachem Froman, his wife, Hadassah and close family friend, Sheikh Ibrahim Abu El-Hawa, a Palestinian Muslim, recently paid public tribute to the man who was well-known for his unique peace activities in the region.

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.

5 Sacred Places for a Spook-Free Halloween

Joy Pecknold | Posted 12.21.2013 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

October's rife with talk of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, but not everybody's down with the undead. For those looking for the flip side to a haunted hotel experience -- more deities than demons -- here are five divinely-linked destinations for a more sacred sojourn.

Invisible Victims

James Zogby | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
James Zogby

For decades now, Christians have been the "invisible or ignored victims" of conflicts in the Middle East. At best, the US has paid scant attention as once thriving communities of indigenous Christians in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Egypt have been attacked or threatened.