Photo of people walking by "The Walled Off Hotel"

Palestinians in Bethlehem Look Beyond Religious Tourism

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel. But in recent years a ne...

4 Things to Know About Ash Wednesday

For Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus is a pivotal event commemorated each year during a season of preparation called Lent and a season of celebration called Easter. Opinion William John...

What Is the Meaning of Ash Wednesday? Glad You Asked.

Today many Christians will arrive at work with a black cross smudged on their foreheads; countless more will slip into a church or a chapel during their lunch break or after work to receive the sign that tells the arrival of Ash Wednesday, the traditional star...