|Arbre de Noël dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem.|
This Christmas season, two major, privately funded innovations are being promoted by the Israeli Tourism Ministry, which is putting increasing resources into existing and new Christian tourist sites.
The International Center Mary of Nazareth, located next to the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Annunciation, is run by an ecumenical French Catholic community with the aim of creating unity among Christians of different denominations and with other religions through the example of the Virgin Mary. “In order for there to be peace with others, we have to make peace among ourselves,” explains the center’s Sister Beatrice Bourrat to ISRAEL21c, when asked about the current mass persecution of Christians in the Arab-Muslim world. Bourrat proudly displays the beautiful building, surrounded by well-tended gardens, as she promotes brotherly – or sisterly – love. Suite.