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Bethlehem pilgrims celebrate Christmas against backdrop of violence

Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Pilgrims began celebrating Christmas Thursday in the birthplace of Jesus, yet festivities were subdued against a backdrop of violence in the Holy Land & a…

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Pilgrims celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem against backdrop of violence

Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Pilgrims celebrated Christmas in the town where tradition says Jesus was born Thursday yet festivities were subdued against a backdrop of violence in the Holy…

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Gazans celebrate Christmas with heavy hearts

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – It is a bitter Christmas for Elias Manna, who will celebrate alone for the first time because his five sons have left the Gaza…

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Pope canonizes 2 saints from 19th-century Palestine

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th-century Palestine on Sunday in hope of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave…

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AP Analysis: Is Israel democratic? Not so clear

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is Israel a democracy? The answer is not so straightforward, & it increasingly matters given the diplomatic fallout over hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election last week. The displeasure…

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Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits…

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Pope seeks to rekindle dream of Mideast peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is seeking to rekindle the dream of peace by bringing the Israeli & Palestinian presidents together this weekend for a unique usual prayer for…

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Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem…

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Israel diplomat strike could hinder pope visit

Jerusalem (AFP) – A strike at Israel's foreign ministry could make Pope Francis's first trip to the Holy Land, set for May, "impossible," an Israeli diplomat said Friday. "Imminent planned…

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Pope to travel to Holy Land, Jordan in May amid new US-backed Israeli-Palestinian peace push

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis says his upcoming trip to the Holy Land aims to boost relations with Orthodox Christians. But the three-day visit in May moreover underscores Francis' close…

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