Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pilgrims pack Bethlehem for rainy but peaceful Christmas

Catholic World News - December 26, 2011

A throng of Christian pilgrims estimated at 100,000 gathered in Bethlehem’s Manger Square to celebrate Christmas.

The crowd was the largest seen in Bethlehem for Christmas in the past decade. Pilgrims were encouraged by the relatively quiet atmosphere in the Holy Land after years of violent conflict. The traditional procession into Bethlehem, and the midnight Mass in the Nativity basilica, were marred only by rain.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Toward a more vibrant Catholicism 21 hours ago
Saved by ordination May 29
Reparative therapy on the run May 29
Mandatory spacing of children: could it happen here? May 29
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Spiritual riches and poverty May 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days