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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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Bethlehem – The City of David

We spent the full day in Bethlehem. Though we have been staying here at the Grand Park Hotel since we arrived, this was the first opportunity actually to see and experience this “little town of Bethlehem.” In the time of … 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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Two Days in Jerusalem

We spent the first two days visiting the many sacred sites in Jerusalem. The first day focused on the Jewish Quarter. We focused particularly on the Western Wall and recent excavations and discoveries around the Western Wall – often known … Continue reading

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