Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, as preparations for Christmas celebrations get underway on December 23, 2012. (MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Holy Land is experiencing one of its most difficult holiday seasons in recent memory. Every Christmas, tourists have come to the small West Bank town of Bethlehem to pay homage to the site of Christ’s birth, but their numbers are not what they once were and unemployment here is rising. The Catholic Church and other organizations have helped, but it is not enough. It’s clear there’s only one thing that can reverse the trend and bring Christian pilgrims back.
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