Israel and Middle East

Is it Safe to Travel to Israel? Ask the Pilgrims Who’ve Traveled throughout for Ten Days

January 5, 2013

            What was their experience? We traveled from Tel Aviv to Galilee, from the border with Lebanon to the border with Syria. We’ve been to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Did our pilgrims ever feel in danger? Quite the opposite. Listen to their own words.

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Was Jesus Really Born at THAT Place in Bethlehem?

December 20, 2012

It is often asked: how do we know these are the real sites where Jesus and Mary lived and walked. The earliest Christians realized the importance of these sites and immediately viewed them as sites to be remembered and venerated. Small chapels were built and pilgrims came from around the world to visit these spots [...]

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On this I Agree with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

December 17, 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu:  “Over the weekend, Hamas held festivities and demonstrations in Judea and Samaria to mark 25 years since it was founded. With the approval of Mahmud Abbas, they called for the destruction of Israel and the expulsion of Jews from Jerusalem and from every point in the State of Israel. We have been [...]

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Jerusalem Over a Hundred Years Ago

June 18, 2012

Old Aerial Photos of Jerusalem Below: original pictures; Above: my notations The Old city sure has changed in since these photos were taken. Does anybody know what the date these were taken? Since we arrived in Jerusalem today with the Franciscan University pilgrims, I thought you would all enjoy this old aerial photo with my [...]

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Link Fixed: CBS’s “60 Minutes” on the Holy Land – Very Well Done!

June 18, 2012

Today we are in Bethlehem. Since we are leading the Franciscan University of Steubenville in the Holy Land – and today we are in Bethlehem, I though many would like to see learn about the Christian situation in the Holy Land. This is well worth watching to understand the plight of the Christians in the [...]

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Interesting Facts About Israel which Will Amaze You

June 9, 2012

Geography: 1. Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East. 2. Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan. 3. The Sea of Galilee, at 695 ft. below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world. 4. The Dead Sea is the lowest surface point on earth, [...]

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Is it Safe to Travel to the Holy Land? Real Comments and Experiences

May 10, 2012

I have two things here to inform, entertain and instruct. Many Americans think it is unsafe and dangerous to come to the Holy Land. However, 3.5 million people are walking the streets, praying at holy sites and following the footprints of Jesus and his Mother. In the first you will hear the testimony of pilgrims [...]

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How Do We Know the Holy Sites are Authentic (Protestant Skeptic)?

May 3, 2012

Today I received an e-mail from a man whose Protestant friend just returned from the Holy Land a bit disillusioned and skeptical. Here is the e-mail I received: Hi Steve, Here’s the question in brief (read more if you have time). How do we know that the sites such as the Church of the Holy [...]

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Radio Show Live from the Holy Land

April 27, 2012

Teresa Tomeo and Steve Ray were in Bethlehem together on Friday. They broadcast live from Shepherds Field, click HERE to listen.

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Wedding in Nazareth (almost Cana)

April 23, 2012

Our friend Nael Malouf got married on Sunday in Nazareth. We were happy to join the festivities. Traditions are still much like biblical, ancient times. This is a very traditional Palestinian Christian wedding (Catholic). Enjoy the short video HERE.

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Is it Safe to Visit Israel This Year?

April 18, 2012

Here is my response to a few people who have asked me about safety in Israel. FIrst, right now we are filling buses at an unprecedented rate. Second, 3.5 million people will visit Israel this year. Here is my letter: Steve Ray here. My wife and I have been to Israel over 100 times in [...]

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Jews as Proof of God’s Existence & Faithfulness

March 4, 2012

Winston Churchill wrote “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.“ He is absolutely right! I have often said they are remarkable people –gifted in a [...]

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Meeting with Patriarch of Jerusalem

February 6, 2012

Janet and I met with Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem Msgr. Shomali and Jerusalem Patriarch Faoud Twal to deliver our gift of new English Missal. They invited us to come back any time with our groups.

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Invitation from Patriarch of Jerusalem (and us)

December 23, 2011

In his Christmas greetings from Jerusalem, the Patriarch of Jerusalem (covering Israel, Palestinian areas, Jordan and Cyrus) said, “I would like to conclude with an invitation to all Christians to come on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Do not be afraid. Our warm welcome awaits you. Come as pilgrims. It is one of the [...]

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I Smell Like a Fish! Fishing with Andrew, Peter, James and John

November 30, 2011

Today is the Feast Day of the Apostle, St Andrew, brother of St. Peter. I wrote this in 2000 after a night of fishing with Jewish fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. Since today I am discussing St. Andrew with Drew Mariana of Relevant Radio, thought I would share this story with you again. To [...]

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A Poem entitled “Bethlehem”by Joe Marmion, one of our recent pilgrims

November 11, 2011

Bethlehem 2011 By Joe Marmion Pilgrim on October 28, 2011 Pilgrimage Pictures taken in Bethlehem’s Chapel of the Angels My favorite line in Joe’s poem, is the last line. Remember that day he took fresh straw and swept the clods and dung away to clear a place for his wife to lay? She was the [...]

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