11 January 2018

Terra Santa News 13/01/2018

This week's events: Catholics and Orthodox celebrated the Feast of Baptism of Jesus, Epiphany and Christmas. Next: A look at Christians in Gaza.

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ON A PILGRIMAGE TO THE JORDAN RIVER FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
On the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, the faithful went first to the Jordan River for the solemn procession and mass; they then headed to the Mount Quarantania, where Jesus was tempted by the devil.

CELEBRATION OF EPIPHANY IN BETHLEHEM BY LOCAL CHRISTIANS AND PILGRIMS
In Bethlehem, on the occasion of the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, the Custos of the Holy Land presided over the celebrations attended by local pilgrims and Christians.

THE ORTHODOX CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM
On January 6, in Bethlehem, Christmas celebrations began according to the Eastern calendar, with the entrance of the Greek, the Orthodox, the Syriac, the Coptic and the Ethiopian Churches.

CHRISTIANS IN GAZA, A MINORITY THAT BUILDS ITSELF UP
They suffer from unemployment, from poverty, from lack of infrastructure and from lack of electricity, yet Christians in Gaza are a social wealth for the population of the entire Strip.

"A THOUSAND AND ONE GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS": A CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN FOR THE LITTLE ONES
"A thousand and one gifts for Christmas" is the Christmas campaign organized for the second consecutive year by the young Orthodox Christians of Beit Jala. A gesture of love towards the little ones.