Mideast Holy Land Christians

Mideast Holy Land Christians

In this photo taken Monday, May 19, 2014, Palestinian Christian amateur artist Nicola Elias, 25 adds the last touches on his painting, depicting the Pope carrying a cross by the wall surrounding Bethlehem, that will be printed and distributed by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation during the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Holy land this weekend, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Pope Francis will be arriving this weekend to the land where Christianity was born, and where Christians are disappearing. The Christian community in the Holy Land is one of the oldest in the world. But it has dwindled to around 2 percent of the population today, as economic hardship, violence and the bitter realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have sent them searching for better opportunities overseas. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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May 19, 2014 10:19:59 AM
May 21, 2014 03:50:57 PM
Nasser Nasser
AP
ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHOTO TAKEN MAY 19, 2014
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Bethlehem, Palestine
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