The Holy Land's Christians -- Ave and Salaam

Younes, Robert
March 2004
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs;Mar2004, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p58
Today, two billion Christians inhabit the planet, influencing daily affairs and setting the cultural and moral tones for a large portion of the world's population. From its origins in Palestine's Galilee, Christianity's center of gravity has migrated inexorably through the centuries from the Middle East through Turkey, Greece and the Balkans and then to Spain. Today, due to the uncertainty and obstacles created by violence and military occupation, only a handful of pilgrims make their way to the Holy Land. This has devastated the economy of Christian Palestine and once-Christian towns and villages have become depleted of their Christian populations to the point that projections now predict the extinction of indigenous Christians by 2025.


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