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Islamic pressure restricts souvenir sales in Bethlehem

December 22, 2010

Christian pilgrims who travel to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas this year may notice that fewer tourist items in the markets of the town show distinctively Christian themes, and even images of the famous Church of the Nativity appear without a cross on the top. Merchants are making concessions to pressure from Islamic groups.

The Church of the Nativity was the site of a clash with Muslims who had plans to build a mosque directly adjacent to the ancient Christian church.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 22, 2010 9:08 PM ET USA

    This is so tragic, but if God permits Christians to disappear from the Holy Land,it is not the end of Christianity. Remember, Jesus said the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church. It is safe to travel to the Holy Land,I did so in September at age 69. They need our physical and financial support, If at all possible,don't miss this chance to walk the land of Jesus.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Dec. 22, 2010 7:23 PM ET USA

    This is a predictable outrage. Our Catholic brothers and sisters are under constant pressure from Muslims on one side and Jews on the other. We must pray very often for them.