Beatification of Palestinian nun

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 07.12.2009:

On November 22, 2009, Mother Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas was beatified at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Born to a Palestinian family in Jerusalem in 1843, she spent her whole life working among the poor of Palestine.

The beatification ceremony was presided over by Archbishop Angelo Amato, special envoy of Pope Benedict XVI. In marking this special day the Holy Fathe(...)

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Tawfik Zayyad, politician and poet

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.01.2009:

Tawfik Zayyad: Voice of His People

By Riad Masarwi

The British writer Oscar Wilde once said that characters make history. Although this is true, there seems to be a dialectic relation between history and character because one produces the other. Temporal history has produced a number of eminent figures that have left indelible traces in global human culture, and it is through th(...)

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Fr. Gaudentius Orfali of Nazareth

Contributed by Orfali Nabiha on 16.08.2007:

In 1921 Fr. Gaudentius Orfali of Nazareth, conducted a short season of excavations, partly uncovering the octagonal church and exposing an Arab level of Capharnaum in the area between the synagogue and the octagonal church. To this young Franciscan we owe the restoration of the synagogue.

A long dedicatory inscription in Latin was engraved on one column of the N stylobate by the Depart(...)

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Touristical Sites in Nazareth

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 18.10.2006:

Roman Bathhouse:

Near Mary's Well, inside a local tourist shop called Cactus, is what appears to be a bathhouse that was possibly used by Jesus. Archeologists agree that the bathhouse dates from the Roman Empire.

Saraya Museum:

The Saraya, in which the Nazareth Museum is located, is one of the most important historical buildings in the city. It was built in (...)

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Religious Sites in Nazareth (al-Nasira)

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 18.10.2006:

Nazareth's Old city is a wonderful Mediterranean mountain town. To make sure it stays that way, a municipal team has identified architectural and historical sites that should be preserved. One of them, at the foot of the ridge, is a large concentration of traditional two-story houses of Galilee stone, with tile roofs, patios, and inner courtyards. Most of these were built in the 1800s or the (...)

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