Brooms at the inn

03 January 2008

Below left: scuffles broke out in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on the Thursday before Christmas, as Orthodox cleaners encroached on Armenian territory in the disputed church. Christmas services were unaffected. Above: Mgr Michel Sabbah censes the Bambino

Above right:  pilgrims light candles in the church. Al Jazeera reported that Manger Square was full again, as an extra 20,000 tourists visited Bethlehem

Forthcoming Events

16-18 February 2018
Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature

Our literary festival with a theological slant in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Speakers include Francis Spufford, Ruth Valerio, Eve Poole, Mark Oakley, James Runcie and many others. Find out more

5-6 May 2018
Church Times Festival of Poetry
With Sarum College, Salisbury. More details coming soon - register your interest here

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