Vatican Envoy Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti Visits Bethlehem

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Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti on Saturday afternoon visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where he was received by the Governor of Bethlehem Jibreel Al-Bakri, adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Christian affairs, Ziad Al Bandak, minister of Tourism, Rula Maayah, Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun, Commander of the Area in Bethlehem, General Sulaiman Qandil, and representatives of security system, police department, members of Bethlehem municipal council, and representatives of Palestinian National Authority and Parishioner Officials.

The Cardinal parade kicked off from the “Lutheran Church of the Redeemer” in Jerusalem passing through an Israeli checkpoint no. 300 to Pilgrims Road reaching St. Catherine in the Church of Nativity, Bethlehem.

Al Bandak stated that the aim of Cardinal Gualtieroto’s visit is to participate in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Christian rituals.

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