Donate to RNS


Christians celebrate the arrival of Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, after he crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem ahead of midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally recognized by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)