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Pope Benedict XVI Completes Weeklong Tour of Holy Land

Where: Nazareth, IsraelMay 15, 2009 : Pope Benedict XVI, head of the worldwide Catholic Church, made a weeklong trip to the Middle East, touring the Holy Land in a bid to promote peace and unity in the region. The pope prayed at some of Christianity's most sacred destinations and visited Muslim and Jewish holy sites. He also...

The Birth of Christ

Nativity scene: The birth of Christ
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Everyone knows that. Do you know the entire story of his birth?Let me narrate it in brief. Over 2000 ago, Roman emperor Caesar Augustus, issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. So everyone went to his or her hometowns to register. A carpenter called Joseph,...

Easter’s Here

Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
Go out into the market on Easter and you cannot miss the Easter egg on the shop counter - filled with sweets and chocolates, it is irresistible. Several people also paint eggs or emboss chocolate eggs with sugar flowers to gift to friends and relatives.But what is Easter? Easter Sunday falls on the Sunday after Good Friday and on...

The Day Christ Died

Jesus on the cross
As a child, I did not know the significance of Good Friday for Christians. For me, all it meant was a day off from school. One evening, I let it slip to a friend that I thought 'Good' Friday meant something good must have happened on this day.My friend Lorraine stared at me in astonishment. Then she told me...

Which is the Oldest Church in India?

Mosaic of Last supper of Jesus by Giacomo Raffaelli
In 52 A.D. Thomas Didaemus, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ is believed to have landed at Musiris (Cranganore) in Kerala. He made his first converts both Jews and Hindus at Palayur a town now in Trichur district, Kerala. There he built a small church with an altar, which he consecrated.This is supposed to be the oldest...