Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is poised to return to power, supported by other even more right-wing parties.
Palestinian Catholic Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran TV reporter for Al Jazeera, was killed May 11 by an as yet unknown shooter.
Only relatively small numbers have arrived so far compared to pre-pandemic numbers, but their presence provides cautious optimism for the tourist-dependent local Christian community.
In the restoration of the ancient stone church there is still important work to be done.
The state-of-the-art complex, named in honor of Cardinal John Foley, was dedicated last month and will open in the coming weeks.
Christian leaders announced May 26 that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem would once again welcome the public, with some restrictions.
Local Christians celebrate at home, entering into a deep spirituality focused on hope.
The Palestinian Authority is also prohibiting all but essential travel between Bethlehem and other Palestinian cities to limit the virus’ spread.
Holy Land Christians share in the widespread skepticism there that the new U.S. plan can provide a constructive solution to the region’s intractable divisions.
The Nino Dios home in Bethlehem cares for 36 Palestinian children with severe disabilities.