November 2011

Dear Readers,
Baptism in the River Jordan
Baptism is a fundamental sacrament of the Christian faith and its practice is, therefore, rich in significance for believers. Jesus instituted this practice by being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Pilgrims to the Holy Land experience true spiritual exaltation when following in the footsteps of Jesus and immersing themselves in the waters of the River Jordan at Qasr al Yahud.
Newly renovated and upgraded, Qasr al Yahud is now open to the public, free of charge, seven days a week. This change provides you with ample opportunity to visit the site and commemorate the baptism of Jesus.

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Eighth John Paul II Bethlehem-Jerusalem Peace Marathon
On October 24, 2011, hundreds of Israelis, Palestinians and Italians participated in the Eighth Annual John Paul II Bethlehem-Jerusalem Peace Marathon organized by the Vatican pilgrimage organization, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, and the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Participants ran together from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, stopping at Rachel’s Crossing for a friendly soccer tournament between the Italian, Palestinian and Israeli runners. Following the tournament, the marathon continued to Notre Dame Church in Jerusalem.
Among the runners was Giusy Versace, a sprinter who lost her legs in a car accident and runs with prosthetics. Participants in the soccer game and the marathon included Italian soccer stars Demetrio Albertini, Luigi Di Biagio, Damiano Tommasi, Angelo Peruzzi and Diego Bonavina. Upon exiting Bethlehem, Versace handed over the peace torch to Ms. Ahuva Zaken, Senior Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Tourism.
We look forward to welcoming you in the Holy Land
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