Israel and Middle East

Pictures from Nazareth over 100 Years Ago (see the Virgin Mary :-)

March 25, 2014

Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation. These pictures are over a hundred years old from Nazareth. Not much changed between then and the first century. When you look at these old pictures and hundreds more I have in a book I purchased in Nazareth (written in Arabic), you can imagine Mary as [...]

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Our Pilgrimages Mentioned on FoxNews.com

December 27, 2013

I received an email requesting an interview on Holy Land pilgrimages. It was from Fox News. I agreed and the following article is the result.  “6 Out-of-the-Ordinary Ways to Experience the Holy Land” During the holidays, thoughts turn to the Holy Land as the center of Christian and Judaic history. With so many preserved relics [...]

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Christians Targeted by Rebels in Syria

December 8, 2013

DAMASCUS (AP) – Syrian Christians offered prayers Sunday for a group of more than a dozen nuns and orphanage workers held by rebels for nearly a week, fueling fears in the minority community that they are being targeted by extremists among the fighters seeking to oust President Bashar Assad. The seizure of the 12 Greek [...]

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Save Syria, Church on it’s Knees Petition Drive

December 5, 2013

   America is supporting the “rebels” who are not rebels at all but radical Muslim insurrectionists mainly from other countries like Iran. They are routinely kidnapping and slaughtering Christians. Just last week a convert full of nuns were all kidnapped.  As a country to we should be defending the Christians and doing all we can [...]

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The Three Tombs – Which is the Real One?

November 23, 2013

For a journey to visit three tombs in Jerusalem, click here.

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“You are Peter” in Jesus’ language of Aramaic

November 21, 2013

Since we recently visited Caesarea Philippi, the site where Jesus renamed Simon as “Peter” or Kepha (Matt 16:13-20), I thought you would find this interesting. So, what did it sound like at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus renamed Simon and made him the rock of the Church: “And I tell you, you are Peter [rock], and [...]

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Israeli Government Bulldozes Catholic Bishops Property in Jerusalem

November 8, 2013

Latin Patriarchate house razed 7 November 2013 The Patriarch of Jerusalem has vowed to take legal action against the Israeli Government after bulldozers of the Jerusalem municipality demolished a house belonging to the Patriarchate. The attack on the house on the Jerusalem-Hebron road, which was inhabited by a family of 14, endangered the future of [...]

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Are You SURE Syria Used Gas on its Own People? – linkfixed

September 9, 2013

I’ve said before that I doubt that President Assad gassed his own people. He would have everything to lose and absolutely nothing to gain. The Islamist terrorists invading Syria under the name of “freedom fighters” would have everything to gain by implicating Assad with using gas and nothing to lose. If we bomb Syria under [...]

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Against Bombing Syria

September 7, 2013

Greetings from Jerusalem. Please contact your Senator and Congressmen to say NO to a strike on Syria. The rebels are NOT freedom fighters but radical Muslims who are slaughtering Christians and assassinating every opponent. I watched a video here of a rebel killing and eating the heart of an Syrian soldier. Have you seen the video [...]

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Obama Backs Down, Defers to Congress; All Quiet Here in Israel

August 31, 2013

After Obama’s announcement on Saturday night it appears that all is quiet on the Eastern front.  According to the news Obama is deferring to Congress which will not reconvene until September 9, which is when our pilgrims on this trip will return to the United States.   My guess is by September 9 it will be old [...]

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Netanyahu urges Israelis to carry on with daily lives, despite events in Syria

August 31, 2013

Janet and I are currently in Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There’s not much talk here about the problems in Syria because everybody’s out doing what they do on the Sabbath. It is an issue for us of course, because we have 91 pilgrims arriving on Sunday. However, we are very [...]

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Why Can’t Catholics Celebrate Mass where the First Mass was Celebrated – in the Upper Room?

July 18, 2013

Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin dismisses reports that Israel is planning to hand over control of the Tomb of King David to the Vatican. By Shimon Cohen, First Publish: 7/18/2013, 5:15 AM  See Steve Ray’s comments at the end of the article Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) on Wednesday dismissed recent reports that Israel is planning [...]

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The Good News about Egypt from it’s Coptic Patriarch, Leader of Egyptian Christians

July 5, 2013

Coptic Patriarch Hopeful After Egyptian President Deposed Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak Believes Country is Now On The Right Track By Junno Arocho Esteves CAIRO, July 04, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Patriarch of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak expressed his support for the ouster of Mohamed Morsy as president of Egypt by the Egyptian [...]

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Congressman Attacks “Anemic” US Response to Christian Persecution

June 25, 2013

Rep. Frank Wolf, co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, urges the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities. by CNA/EWTN NEWS  06/21/2013  WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has criticized the U.S. government’s “anemic and at times outright baffling” response to the persecution of Christians in the Mideast, urging the appointment of an envoy [...]

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What Kind of Music Did Abraham Listen To?

May 30, 2013

Our next DVD in the Footprints of God series will be entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We will begin filming in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31). Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society to which I subscribe, we can now listen to music [...]

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Safe to Come to Israel? Letter that Brought Tears to our Eyes

May 9, 2013

Listen to this letter and you will understand why we were emotional – and you’ll know if it is safe to come to the Holy Land. Comments from our wonderful pilgrims.

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