Israel and Middle East

Israel Council of Religious Communities to meet with Pope Benedict

November 10, 2011

The Israel Council of Religious Communities is expected to meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on November 10, 2011. The Pope had met the Council in Nazareth during his visit to Israel in May 2009, and invited its members to meet again in Rome. The Council accepted the invitation, and the encounter tomorrow [...]

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New Libyan Leader Declares Islamic State, Sharia Law to Be Enforced

October 24, 2011

Libya’s new leader declared his country’s liberation Sunday and set out plans for the future with an Islamist tone. In a televised address, transitional leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil declared his nation will adopt Sharia law as the basis of government, and immediately announced the canceling of all bank loans in violation of such law. The announcement [...]

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Zenit Article: Arab Spring becomes Terrible Autumn

October 12, 2011

Does this surprise anyone? Christians in the Middle East saw it coming from the beginning. As soon as the strong dictators are removed, Christians are the first victims. It happened in Iraq, now in Cairo and it will happen in Libya and Syria too. When Christians are the minority in a Muslim country with no [...]

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Just Invited to Discuss Caiaphas Family Ossuary in Israel

September 2, 2011

I will be joining Drew Mariani to discuss an antiquity found in Israel, an ossuary with the priest Caiaphas’ name. Interesting article in Israel National News entitled House of Caiaphas Ossuary is Authentic Relevant Radio

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Concerning Recent Troubles in S. Israel

August 20, 2011

Regarding the recent attacks in southern Israel: These attacks are distant from any sites we visit on pilgrimage. Not to be dismissive, but the attacks came in an area near Eilat which is well over 300 miles south of Jerusalem at the Egyptian border. First, this is no where near Galilee or Jerusalem. It is [...]

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Beautiful Movie Aerial Views of Israel

July 28, 2011

Jerusalem | Filmed in Imax 3D from JerusalemGiantScreen on Vimeo. After a year of research and preparation, the giant screen film JERUSALEM advanced into production with an unprecedented aerial shoot throughout Israel and the West Bank. Scheduled for worldwide release in 2013, the film will take audiences on a spectacular tour of the Holy Land [...]

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Two Good News-Info Items

July 23, 2011

First, Liz Lev gives some concrete reasons to appreciate the Popes for what they’ve done for Rome. Her list includes: 1) straight roads and obelisks, 2) conservation of antiquities, 3) churches, 4) aqueducts, 5) museums, 6) hospitals and hostels, and 7) prayers. You can read the whole excellent article at “A Long Overdue Word of [...]

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Steve Visits Magdala

July 22, 2011

Several years ago we joined Fr. John Solana on a visit to Magdala, home of Mary Magdalen. Fr. John was appointed head of the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem by the late Pope John Paul II. We went up to Galilee to shoot a TV show at the ruins of the old city of Magdala — home [...]

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Running to Western Wall and Up to Temple Mount

June 1, 2011

Just posted a Running trip, “2011-06-01 Temple Mount”, to @EveryTrail. Check it out HERE Group Run around Jerusalem Walls yesterday on Jerusalem Day.

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Running in Footprints of Jesus and Apostles

May 22, 2011

PART I (from Multiplication of Loaves to Capernaum): Just arrived in Israel and ran to kick the jet lag. Started at Tabgha on the shore of Galilee where Jesus multiplied loaves and fish. Then the Primacy of Peter Church where Jesus appointed Peter shepherd of his flock – the Church. Then to a cave where [...]

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Christians March thru Jerusalem – link fixed

April 17, 2011

It is Palm Sunday and Christians in the Holy Land (only 1.5%of the population) are making their presence felt today. Moving, uplifting, joyous – celebrating the Life and Passion of Christ. Palm branches everywhere! IMG_8256

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Two New Adventures: Jericho & Hebron

February 15, 2011

I am soon posting two new videos sharing our adventures in the Holy Land. I don’t do this for the fun of it but to help others understand, love and enjoy the land of God through video. WHY DO I POST THESE VIDEO ADVENTURES? There is a need for people to know the the Bible [...]

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How Manly was Jesus? Climbing UP Mount Tabor (Transfiguration)

February 14, 2011

Just returned to Jerusalem after climbing straight up and back down Mount Tabor (Mountain of the Transfiguration). It took 1 1/4 hour up the torturous path on the SE and a bit less to scramble down the north side. Read Luke 9:28-36 (hover your cursor over the reference) about Jesus climbing up with Peter, James [...]

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Ultimate Biblical Run through Jerusalem!

February 9, 2011

I hit all the holy biblical site and documented them with video and pictures. I decided people would like to see all the biblical and holy sites in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, including Calvary, the Tomb, the place Judas hanged himself, Gethsemane, the place St. Stephen was stoned, top of Mount of [...]

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