BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) “We estimate that in the past dozen years at least 3,000 babies have been born to mothers who prayed in the grotto,” said the Franciscan brother who guards it.
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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) “The time has come for everyone to find the courage to be generous and creative in the service of the common good,” Francis said at a welcoming ceremony in Bethlehem hosted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
(RNS) On the eve of a papal visit, the mayor of Bethlehem says Pope Francis can restore hope to Palestinian youth and the “excluded” Palestinian nation as a whole.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Pope Francis travels to Jerusalem later this month to meet with Patriarch Bartholomew I, head of the Eastern Orthodox Church. But many hope his off-script message might revive moribund peace talks.
JERUSALEM (RNS) A strike by employees of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs may force Pope Francis to postpone his visit to Israel, scheduled for May 24-26.
(RNS) Pope Francis is planning to visit Jordan, Israel and the West Bank in May. But the itinerary of the brief trip is sparking debate even before details of the papal pilgrimage have been finalized.
(RNS) In what some are calling the biggest miracle in Bethlehem since the birth of Jesus, the three churches that share responsibility for the Nativity church put aside centuries of tense relations this past year to ensure the restoration of the ancient site is completed.