Visited Bethlehem today. Went to the Church of the Nativity and got preside for Mass on my 42nd anniversary and to touch the place where Jesus was born.

We entered through the Door of Humility where everyone must bend over to enter as an act of humility in honor of Jesus who humbled himself to come among us.

Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Territories and we saw the wall Israel has built around the Palestinians. Had to go through a checkpoint to enter Bethlehem.

The unemployment on the  Palestinian side is 65% and the Christians are leaving in droves. Israel in now less than 1% Christian. No solution seems possible at this time and the anger is growing at an alarming rate in the Palestinian territories.  A powder keg with a shorter and shorter fuse. A most interesting trip.

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