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West Bank: Seats reserved for Christians in local elections
West Bank: Seats reserved for Christians in local elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has confirmed the number of seats reserved for each city to Christian candidates with a presidential decree, ahead of the municipal elections scheduled for 13 May. According to the decree, dated 15 March, eight seats out of 15 will be reserved to Christian candidates in the municipal councils in Ramallah and Bethlehem, and

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Holy Land: Catholic parishes and schools switch to solar energy
Holy Land: Catholic parishes and schools switch to solar energy

Schools, parishes and other institutions of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem are switching to solar power. After a successful pilot project launched two years ago in Palestine in the patriarchal schools in Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Ramallah, the Patriarchate has now announced that it will be installing solar panels in the schools of the Jordanian city of Wasiyeh, Madaba and Karak. A spokesman for the Patriarchate said the introduction of solar power energy systems reduces electricity bills and saves money for other activities.

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Holy Land: Letter from Beit Sahour, the Shepherd's Field
Holy Land: Letter from Beit Sahour, the Shepherd's Field

"We are the shepherds, and we have to repeat the story that Christ is born to save us all. It happened in our small village. What joy! The presence of the churches here reminds us of that great story and the angel telling the shepherds not to be afraid. My name is Marianne Qumsieh. I am nine years old. I go to the Orthodox school in Beit Sahour where our family lives. I pass close to the Shepherds' Field every day. My father Issa (Arabic for Jesus) is a dental lab technician. My mother Reem (Arabic for gazelle) is a housewife and I have a younger

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Bethlehem: Monastery set on fire
Bethlehem: Monastery set on fire

There was a major fire at the monastery of Mar Charbel in Bethlehem at the weekend. Many rooms were ablaze on Saturday and various parts of the building have been badly damaged. There were no reports of injuries. In the aftermath of the fire, the governor and the mayor of Bethlehem, the chief of police, the national security director and the head of Intelligence, went and inspect the monastery accompanied by Mgr William Shomali, and a number of priests from Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour.

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Holy Land: Israelis take over land near Shepherds Fields
Holy Land: Israelis take over land near Shepherds Fields
The Shepherd's Fields in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, in the West Bank,  has for years been a popular destination for Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. According to tradition it is where the angels announced the birth of Jesus.  But illegal Israeli settlers now are moving into the area and a hilltop near the Fields has already been occupied.
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Israeli troops attack congregation at Sunday Mass
Israeli troops attack congregation at Sunday Mass
Israeli troops fired tear gas grenades yesterday, breaking up an open-air Mass  about to begin  at Beit Sahour, a Christian town near the Shepherds Fields in Bethlehem. About 100 people, including elderly people and children, accompanied by some international supporters, had gathered on open land at the evacuated Israeli military base of Ush Ghrab east of the city for the service.
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