Tag: Bethlehem

God entered our ‘mess’ to save us — and he still does

God entered our ‘mess’ to save us — and he still does

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

I remember the first time I visited Bethlehem. I got out of the taxi into a noisy, dusty, dirty city square guarded by Israeli soldiers — not exactly the scene I pictured in my head as a child singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Upon entering the Basilica of the Nativity, visitors have to bend down to get into the door, which was designed small to keep camels out. It is one of the oldest continually-used churches in Christendom. Built by St. Helena in the fourth century, it frankly looks 1,700 years old. The walls are almost black from the candle soot, and the floor is filthy and worn from millions of pilgrims.

Continue Reading

A taste of Bethlehem

A taste of Bethlehem

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christmas in June? That’s the way it is for Father Alberto Curbelo when it comes to preparing for the birth of Jesus.

Continue Reading

Open your heart to that small splendor born in Bethlehem, pope says

Open your heart to that small splendor born in Bethlehem, pope says

| Carol Glatz | December 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

Christmas is a time to open your heart to the little and wondrous things found in baby Jesus — born poor and defenseless so he could be near and bring hope to everyone, Pope Francis said.

Continue Reading

‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

| Judith Sudilovsky | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even the Christmas decorations seem more cheerful this year in Bethlehem.

Continue Reading

Pilgrimage: Traveling with a spiritual purpose

Pilgrimage: Traveling with a spiritual purpose

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Pilgrimage has been part of the Christian tradition for centuries. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to a sacred place. The journey can be near or far — as close as a neighboring church or as distant as halfway around the world. It can be a day-trip, a 10- to 14-day excursion or any other duration.

Continue Reading