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Fire damages Bethlehem’s Nativity church

With a banner in the background featuring Jesus' birth with former Popes, from left, Pope Paul VI and Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, center, leads a mass at Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus' birth, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Sunday, May 25, 2014. AP

A fire broke out in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity early Tuesday, just hours after Pope Francis wrapped up a three-day Middle East pilgrimage which saw him visit the shrine.

Posted: May 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Worshippers rejoice in Jesus’ Bethlehem birthplace

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, center, holds the Baby Jesus as he and clergy arrive to pray at the Grotto, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, early Tuesday. AP

Pilgrims celebrate Christmas Day Mass in the ancient Bethlehem church where tradition holds Jesus was born, candles illuminating the sacred site and joyous prayer filling its halls.

Posted: December 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »