Pope Francis, Holy Land Peacemaker; But Will It Work?

Pope Francis in Bethlehem

 The world's a mess, it seems.  The downed airplane in Ukraine; the drug cartels and irrepressible violence driving children northward from Mexico and Central America; the unremitting terrorism in parts of the world where Islamists seek to impose their culture by force....And of course, the rising tensions in the Holy Land, where Israel and Palestine continue their struggle to define their borders. *     *     *     *     * And into that strife between Israel and Palestine, Pop … [Read more...]

The People in Jerusalem on Pentecost: Who Were They?

Pentecost 2

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and P … [Read more...]

ANOTHER FIRE in a Jerusalem Church on the Heels of Pope’s Visit

Church of the Dormition

And this one appears to be vandalism.A man set fire to a prayer book in Dormition Abbey, the church which marks what is said to be the final resting place of Mary.Pope Francis had, according to reports, just finished celebrating Mass at the Cenacle, the Upper Room where Jesus is believed to have celebrated the Last Supper.  A man who is described by Israeli police as "non-Jewish" in appearance, and who was not wearing a skull cap, is suspected of intentionally setting the … [Read more...]


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