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Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem a subdued affair in 2009

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem a subdued affair in 2009 Bethlehem - Ma an - Christmas on the eastern Orthodox calendar on Wedensday will be a subdued affair
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      Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem a subdued affair in 2009


      Bethlehem - Ma'an - Christmas on the eastern Orthodox calendar on Wedensday
      will be a subdued affair in light of the Israeli war on Gaza, officials in
      the West Bank City of Bethlehem say.

      Bethlehem Police Chief Abdul-Jabbar Burqan said that his officers have
      completed preparations for the celebration, including easing restrictions on
      movement throughout the city.

      The heads of Palestinian churches and the Palestinian Authority have
      cancelled public celebrations, including the traditional boy and girl scout
      parades. The lights on Manger Square will not be lit. Religious rituals will
      go ahead as planned.

      Leaders of the Syrian Church, the Roman Church and Ethiopian Church will be
      received in the Manger Square from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

      Palestinian police in Bethlehem in the southern West Bank completed
      preparation for Christmas Eve according to eastern calendar on Tuesday, says
      director of Bethlehem police Abdul-Jabbar Burqan.



      Monday, 5 January 2009

      http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/62783/orthodox-christmas-in-bethlehem-a-su
      bdued-affair-in-2009.html



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