Welcome to obethlehem.com; we are a group of native Christians from different denominations in the Holy Land. We are not affiliated with any religious or political institution. Our mission focuses on supporting the Christian Community in the Holy Land in response to the growing regional Israeli-Palestinian conflict and decline of the Christian minority. We support the Christian minority in the holy land through creating jobs for the youth, supporting the local artisans in Bethlehem District, and promoting tourism industry in Bethlehem.
Obethlehem is the virtual gateway to religious, historic and modern-day Bethlehem in Holy Land. It offers a comprehensive experience of today’s vital, fascinating urban center, providing unique religious, social and tourism services and bringing the Bethlehem experience to those who seek it.
At Obethlehem.com all you need to know about the people, major attractions, churches, culture and history of Bethlehem; the birthplace of the lord Jesus Christ and much more.
The joy of the Nativity did not really wane in Bethlehem. On January 5 and 6, the Latin Church celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord. As every year, the Franciscans went to Bethlehem to follow the steps of the “eastern” Magi as is recalled by the Gospel of the feast.
The Epiphany (which means "manifestation”) commemorates the episode of the Adoration of the Magi who bring to the manger the incense, gold and myrrh to the child-Jesus. The local liturgical tradition surrounds this festival with a particular solemnity. Read More >>
Orthodox Christmas celebrations kicked off in Bethlehem as hundreds of Orthodox Christians, pilgrims and clergy paraded in the Nativity Square to receive patriarchs and bishops.
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus III arrived Tuesday at Manager Square, marking the start of Christmas Eve celebrations according to the Julian calendar. Read More >>
Armenian Christians in Palestine celebrated Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday with parades in the streets of Bethlehem. The Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem, Mourhan Manouagian, arrived in Bethlehem around noon.
Manouagian was welcomed by Palestinian Authority Minister of Tourism Rula Maaya, Bethlehem governor Jibrin al-Bakri, Bethlehem mayor Vera Baboun, director of Bethlehem police Alaa Shalabi, and President Mahmoud Abbas' advisor for Christian affairs Ziad al-Bandak. Read More >>
Bishops of Holy Land Coordination went on Tuesday 13 January 2015 on a sightseeing in Cremisan Valley to get updated on the development of the project of the Separation Wall, due to separate fifty Palestinian and Christian families from their lands.
Located along the borders of Beit Jala, occupied in 1967, Cremisan Valley welcomed on Tuesday 16 prelates from Holy Land Coordination, coming from Europe, North America and South Africa. They were received by Fr Faysal Hijazeen, Administrator of Beit Jala Parish, accompanied by the lawyer of Society St Yves who defends the cause of Cremisan, in presence of representatives of land owners, one of them being Ricardo Hani, present as well as of British Consul General. Read more >>
A group of bishops visiting the Holy Land was impressed by the charitable care given to those with physical and mental needs in Bethlehem.
“There are a lot of volunteers and institutions here,” said Archbishop Joan Enric Vives of Urgell, Spain. “They are a great witness to the service of charity and desire for peace. This gives hope.” Read more >>
There are at least three Christian Copts - including a 10-year-child - among the victims of the clashes in Cairo and other Egyptian cities on the occasion of the fourth anniversary that caused the end of the long regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Local sources consulted by Agenzia Fides add that, during the riots, shots were fired against the church of St. Read more >>
The biblical text of the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, chosen by an ecumenical team in Brazil, invites us to try water from a different well and also to offer a little of our own. In diversity we enrich each other. The Week of Prayer for Unity is a privileged moment for prayer, encounter and dialogue. It is an opportunity to recognize the richness and value that are present in the other, the different, and to ask God for the gift of unity. Read more >>
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