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 West should intervene in a logical way, not only intervene when its interests are threatened …The international community and the United States have ‘gifted’ all extremists, all these Europe crazies who have found refuge in Syria.” Thus, Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, commented on the issue of Iraq with effective clarity and in this interview with “Avvenire” on September 5, 2014 draws attention to the tragedy of Gaza and the unheard voice of the patriarchs of the Church in the Middle East. Read More >>
On Friday, September 12, 2014, a delegation of twenty bishops from the United States on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Pope Francis to promote peace, accompanied by members of CRS (Catholic Relief Services), gathered with His Beatitude Fouad Twal the Latin Patriarchate. The countless challenges of the Christian community in the Holy Land were discussed, and the Patriarch and various speakers called for prayer and support of the Mother Church in its most concrete needs. Read More >>
The leaders of the Churches in the Middle East have appealed to the United Nations to protect minorities in Iraq and Syria from the “massacres and atrocities” being committed by ISIS.
Addressing the UN in Geneva, the Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches said that if not strongly condemned and effectively destroyed, then the IS ideology will “damage the entire system of human rights, creating a dangerous precedent of indifference toward the protection of vulnerable people”. Read More >>
When Palestinian filmmaker Leila Sansour left Bethlehem in the 1980s there were no military checkpoints intimidating the city, no separation wall jutting into residential gardens, and no Israeli settlements dominating the horizon.
"I grew up in a very idyllic town, but I didn’t think of it like that as a child. There were forests of olive trees, fig trees, apricot trees and huge fields filled with grape vines," she says. "All of this is lost in Bethlehem. Now what we have is a concrete forest of buildings." Read more >>
On Saturday 13 and Sunday, September 14, 2014, Patriarch Fouad Twal made a pastoral visit to the Catholic community in Jaffa. He came to meet a suffering Catholic Arab community, but also a vibrant and large community of Catholic immigrants. This visit is part of the pastoral visitations of the Patriarch to each parish in the diocese, which began two years ago and continues. Read more >>
1) When and how did you get to the Holy Land? Why have you decided to dedicate this time of your life to the local Church? What is your motivation?
We moved to Jerusalem in February 2014, accepting the invitation from His Beatitude Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, and Bishop William Shomali, to join the LPJ on its mission to love and to serve the Mother Church and the Christians of the Holy Land. Read more >>
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