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Saying Farewell to the Holy Land

The last two days have been rather hectic as we wrap up our time in the Holy Land. We visited the New City of Jerusalem, heard again from Fr. David Neuhaus, and made our way to the city of Jaffa … Continue reading

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More adventures

The day began with some gray clouds and sprinkles, as we drove up the mountain pass of Mount Gerizim in the West Bank, near the city of Nablus. This mountain is one of the highest in the West Bank, considered sacred by … Continue reading

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To the Galilee…

Yesterday morning we boarded our bus, joined by Fr. Peter Dubrul, SJ, who we met earlier during our trip, and headed north to the Galilee region of Israel. As we drove, the scenery changed dramatically, shifting from desert to areas of evergreen … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Today we visited the Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, which consists of thirty-five acres of buildings, fountains, and minarets, and is home to Islam’s holy sites on the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem. At the center of the sanctuary … Continue reading

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Exploring Bethlehem

Today began with a lecture with Fr. Jamal Khader on Religion and Peace  in the Holy Land. Fr. Jamal, the Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies and the Dean of Arts at Bethlehem University, shared his perspectives on the role … Continue reading

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Arrival in Bethlehem

After a ten-hour flight, we arrived safely at Tel Aviv airport. We met our tour guide, Ibrahim Salameh, and drove another hour to Bethlehem. We checked into our hotel, had a delicious dinner, and called it an early night, feeling … Continue reading

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RS 355 in Boston Logan

Our first group shot in Boston Logan. Everyone is checked in and ready for our flight to Newark.

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