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Bethlehem: Municipality type A in Palestine
Bethlehem is a city located in the central West Bank, Palestine, about 10 km south of Jerusalem. Its population is approximately 25,000 people. It is the capital of the Bethlehem Governorate. The economy is primarily tourist-driven, peaking during the Christmas season, when Christians make pilgrimage to the Church of the Nativity. Rachel's Tomb, an important Jewish holy site, is located at the northern entrance of Bethlehem.

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Sacred rite for Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem marred by coronavirus [Video]

Sacred rite for Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem marred by coronavirus

One of the most sacred Easter symbols of the Christian Orthodox faith - the Holy Fire - arrived in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Saturday.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:00Published

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens as Palestinians ease coronavirus curbs

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, reopened to worshippers and tourists on Tuesday as Palestinian authorities eased coronavirus restrictions in the occupied West..
Reuters - Published

Chafing under lockdown, Palestinians long for Eid celebrations

Bethlehem is struggling back to life just in time for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, nearly three months after it became the first town in the West Bank to be sealed off because of a coronavirus..
Reuters - Published

U.S. pastor tells how Bethlehem trip turned into coronavirus quarantine ordeal

Thirteen Americans suspected of being exposed to coronavirus during a trip to the Holy Land are in quarantine near Bethlehem and are coordinating with U.S. and Palestinian authorities to try to get..
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories March 5 P

Here's the latest for Thursday March 5th: Warren drops her presidential bid; Stocks tumble on virus fears; Russia and Turkey call a cease-fire; Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem closes amid virus..
USATODAY.com - Published

Palestinians declare coronavirus emergency as Church of the Nativity closed

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared a 30-day state of emergency on Thursday and Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity was closed following the discovery of seven cases of coronavirus in the..
Reuters - Published

Pope Francis kicks off Christmas celebrations with midnight Mass

pope francis kicks off christmas celebrations with midnight mass
Pope Francis ushered in Christmas celebrations for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics on Tuesday, saying the celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the..
WorldNews - Published

The Christians helping Bethlehem shepherd families give birth safely

An ancient Christian order runs a maternity hospital in Bethlehem for people of all faiths and ethnicities.
BBC News - Published

Gaza Christians say few Israeli permits granted for Christmas travel

Fewer than half of Christians from Gaza who sought Israeli permits to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas have so far had their applications granted, members of the small..
Reuters - Published

Carols and bells in Bethlehem as Christmas draws near

Christmas cheer rang out through Bethlehem's Manger Square on Monday as pilgrims and worshippers flocked to the city revered as Jesus's birthplace and locals made final preparations for this year's..
Reuters - Published

Israel reverses ban, Gaza Christians can visit Christmas sites

Christians in the Gaza Strip will be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas, Israel authorities said on Sunday, reversing a decision not to issue them permits.
Reuters - Published

Banksy's 'Scar of Bethlehem' nativity unveiled in West Bank hotel

British street artist Banksy has brought a somber Christmas spirit to a hotel he founded in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Reuters - Published

Anonymous British artist Banksy unveils dark nativity scene in Belthlehem

British street artist Banksy has brought a sombre Christmas spirit to a hotel he founded in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
France 24 - Published

Banksy unveils ‘Scar of Bethlehem’ nativity mural

banksy unveils ‘scar of bethlehem’ nativity mural
Banky’s latest piece — his take on a nativity scene — has been unveiled at his hotel in Bethlehem. The “Scar of Bethlehem” artwork features a nativity scene with Mary and Joseph...
WorldNews - Published

Israel bars Gaza's Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Bethlehem set for a Happy Christmas: more rooms, more inns and part of its manger back

As the Christmas decorations go up in Manger Square, Bethlehem is preparing for its best Christmas for two decades, the town's mayor and hoteliers say.
Reuters - Published

A relic of Jesus' manger, Christmas gift from pope to Bethlehem

A fragment of wood reputed to be from the manger where Jesus was laid after his humble birth arrived in Bethlehem as a gift from the Vatican on Saturday, kicking off Christmas season at the town..
Reuters - Published

Jesus manger: Relic to return to Bethlehem in time for Christmas

jesus manger: relic to return to bethlehem in time for christmas
Christians believe the tiny piece of wood formed part of the crib that Jesus lay in after being born. Custodia Terrae Sanctae, the custodian of Catholic religious sites in the Holy Land, said the..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •BBC News

Just in time for Christmas, wooden manger relics heading from Rome to Bethlehem: Palestinians

Wooden relics said to be from the manger that held the infant Jesus will be returned from Rome to Bethlehem in time for the Christmas season, Palestinian officials said on Friday.
Reuters - Published