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...]

From Jerusalem: Ecumenical Surprises During Pope Francis’ Holy Land Trip

Church of the Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem's Old City

It's a busy week for news from the Holy Land.  The Vatican is gearing up for Pope Francis's historic trip to the Holy Land on May 24-26.This will be a uniquely ecumenical trip:  Pope Francis will take with him his two good friends from his years as archbishop in Argentina, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, co-author of his book On Heaven and Earth, and Islamic studies professor Omar Abboud.And a highlight of his trip will be a planned meeting with Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Ch … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Israel Issues Restraining Orders to Protect Pope Francis During His Visit

Pope Francis going to Holy Land

Israel has clamped down on potential troublemakers in the days leading up to Pope Francis' historic visit to the Holy Land on May 24-26.According to a report released today by Reuters, Israeli police and the Shin Bet internal security service handed restraining orders to several Jewish right-wing activists whom they believed intended to cause "disruptions during the pope's visit and be involved in provocative illegal acts."I wrote earlier about the "price-tag" vandalism by Jewish … [Read more...]