But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah
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This article suggests that the problem is caused by the Israelis. I've read other articles that say the problem is caused by the Palestinian leaders. Others say radical Muslims. I don't know; it is a very complicated situation where everyone feels that this relatively small piece of land should be theirs.
This year, for some reason, Isaiah 11:6-9 popped into my mind while reading the article:
This year, when you are at Mass on Christmas Eve, will you join me in prayer, asking Our Lord to bring peace to the "little" town of Bethlehem?
The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land sponsors a wide variety of projects and programs to help Christians living in Bethlehem. Some of their projects include a Child Sponsorship Program, a job placement program, affordable housing options, a university scholarship program, a vocational school program and social service programs for the elderly living in the area. You can find out more about the organization here.