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

Want To Visit The Holy Land? First, You Have To Get In

Wardah Khalid | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

I'm standing in a tiny room located in a checkpoint facility on the Israeli/Jordanian border. An Israeli immigration agent holding my passport is grilling me while my sister, who is traveling with me, waits her turn outside. Little did I know that our ordeal was far from over.

Final Thoughts on My Week in Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

During my week in Palestine, I was in the care of three great guides: Husam Jubran (hjubranus@yahoo.com), Kamal Mukarker (kamal_mukarker@hotmail.com),...

Modern Day Knights Return To Jerusalem

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Anav Silverman

While the functions of the Order of St. Lazarus are slightly different today in Jerusalem -- it no longer treats lepers and wounded knights -- the organization seeks to heal minds, spirits and bodies regardless of religious and political borders.

'You Must Visit Jerusalem'

Wardah Khalid | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

Funny how in life we are united with individuals who touch our hearts in unimaginable and meaningful ways. Our meeting was especially timely for me, since just earlier that day I was debating whether or not to venture to the Holy Land.

Words, Well-Rooted, Can Have Power Beyond Jerusalem

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Norma Cook Everist

So quickly President Obama flew to the Middle East and back; excerpts from his speech in Jerusalem deserve a longer look.

Who Will Save the Holy Land, Brokering a 'New Jerusalem'?

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Noel Irwin Hentschel

I submit that only divine Intervention can save the Holy Land. God is the only hope for achieving a "New Jerusalem."

Israeli-Palestinian Textbook Study Overlooks Core Issue

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

It is clear that however well-meaning the sponsors and researchers of the textbook study may have been, the lack of sufficient historical, social and geopolitical context distort the findings and render this study distorted and counterproductive.

Israeli PM Conducts Twitter Diplomacy in Arabic

Anav Silverman | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Anav Silverman

In general, Middle East leaders are increasingly utilizing Twitter to engage people, according to a study called Twiplomacy conducted by the global public relations consultancy Burson-Marsteller in August of this year.