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After hundreds of years, Jesus’ final burial place was revealed, by National Geographic


REPORT: Hidden beneath marble for centuries with an alternative narrative, the stone slab, believed to have held Jesus’s remains before burial, has finally been exposed.



The assumed final resting place of Jesus Christ was exposed for the first time in centuries, National Geographic reported on Wednesday.

The Stone of Anointing, where Jesus' body is said to have been anointed before burial. - Photo: Wikipedia Commons

The Stone of Anointing, where Jesus’ body is said to have been anointed before burial. – Photo: Wikipedia Commons

The stone slab which has traditionally been recognized as that on which Jesus’s body was lain after his crucifixion has been concealed by marble casing since 1555 CE or earlier in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Continue Reading »

Israel to clear landmines around ancient churches and monasteries near Jericho

Once HALO Trust, a humanitarian organization, has cleared the landmines, the land & churches along the western bank of the Jordan River can be visited once more in safety.

By Lilach Shoval


Qasr al-Yahud, a site just north of the Dead Sea near Jericho, where many Christians believe Jesus was baptized, will be cleared of landmines and other ordnance, a half-century after Israel took control of the area during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Qasr al-Yahud is located just north of the Dead Sea – Photo: Ministry of Defense

The Defense Ministry will carry out the clearing operation together with the HALO Trust, which describes itself as “the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organization.” Continue Reading »

Palestinian Christians outraged over Hamas destruction of unearthed church ruins in Gaza


West Bank Palestinian Christian cleric asks, “How are the Wakf officials in Gaza different from ISIS when they bulldoze antiquities and a religious and cultural treasure?”



Palestinian Christians on Wednesday expressed anger over the way the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have handled the ancient ruins of a Byzantine church that were uncovered in Gaza City last week.

They said that bulldozers removed the antiquities and continued with their work without supervision. They accused the two big Palestinian parties of seeking to obliterate Christian history and identity in the Holy Land.

Kids removing sand covering carving from ancient ruins, which archaeologists say may be part of a Byzantine church or cathedral dating from around 1,500 years ago, were found in Gaza City April 4, 2016.

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Since Pope Francis remains silent, Australian church rejects Muslim’s claim that Jesus was Palestinian




Sydney- Jesus was not Palestinian, a major church denomination in Australia said after the Executive Council of Australian Jewry challenged an article in a political publication in which the birthplace of Jesus Christ was named as “Palestine.”

Visitors to the Palestinian territory were surprised to find Al-Quds University’s ‘martyr tree’ adorned with photos of the Palestinians killed in the commission of attacking Jews.

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Photo Essay: Orthodox Christians Celebrate ‘Holy Fire’ ceremony in Jerusalem

Christian pilgrims flock to Jerusalem  for the ancient fire ceremony at the Church of Holy Sepulcher to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.



Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled Jerusalem’s ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Saturday for the “Holy Fire” ceremony on the eve of Orthodox Easter.

A Christian pilgrim holds up a candle as others gather at the church of the Holy Sepulcher (Photo: AP)
A Christian pilgrim holds up a candle as others gather at the church of the Holy Sepulcher (Photo: AP)

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians flocked to the church and surrounding streets in the east Jerusalem’s Old City for the ceremony, held under a heavy police presence. Continue Reading »

IsraAID offers Kenyans with post trauma treatment after Christians murdered

IsraAID offers assistance after Islamic terror group separated the Muslim students from the non-Muslims then killed over 150 Christians while injuring an additional 79.



Following the horrific massacre by the radical Muslim terror group al-Shabab from Somalia which killed over 150 Christian students in Kenya, the Israeli relief group IsraAID is helping Kenyan government officials deal with the tragedy.


Relative of victim of Thursday’s terror attack in Kenya. – Photo: REUTERS

IsraAID is currently holding discussions with Kenyan government counterparts as well as with the local Kenyan Red Cross and UN officials in hopes of creating a grief and disaster management plan for the government, modeled off the Israeli plan. Continue Reading »

Temple Mount: Islamic revisionist denial affronts both Jews and Christians



“Temple Denial” is thoroughly political – a weapon used to attack the legitimacy of the Jewish State, explains Archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay

Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren agrees, saying, “Temple Denial…is also denial of the Gospels.”


Although the current Temple Mount debate focuses on Jewish and Muslim worship, the holy site also has religious significance to Christians. Who practices their religion on the Temple Mount is a very different question to who can stake religious claim to the holy site.
Border Police officers patrol Temple Mount area

Border Police officers patrol Temple Mount. – Photo: REUTERS

Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan’s King Abdullah and US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the recent incidents of terror provoked by  the Temple Mount debate.
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Jerusalem’s Top Catholic cleric will exploit Christmas address to bash Israel

Sky News reports: Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, is expected to condemn Jewish housing construction during Christmas Eve Mass. 


The Latin Patriach of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, is expected to use his Midnight Mass sermon to criticize Israel’s continued construction of settlements in the West bank, Sky News reported on Tuesday.

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal leads a mass as part of the International Day of Faith celebration on Mount Precipice, near the northern Israeli town of Nazareth, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. – Photo: AP

According to the report, the Holy Land’s top Roman Catholic cleric will likely brand settlements an obstacle to regional stability when he addresses pilgrims at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity on Tuesday night.

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