UNCERTAINITY: Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity – uncertainty – economic future – pilgrims and tourists not yet able to return [#Bethlehem #ChurchOfTheNativity] 05/28

UNCERTAINITY: Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity – uncertainty – economic future – pilgrims and tourists not yet able to return [#Bethlehem #ChurchOfTheNativity] 05/28

Bethlehem residents returned to the Church of the Nativity as the holy site opened to visitors May 26, 2020 after being closed since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But amid the joy was a feeling of uncertainty about their economic future, as pilgrims and tourists are not yet able to return.

In the creche where Christians venerate as the traditional site of Jesus’ birth, local Syriac Catholic tour guide Rizek Nazi was filming a video on his cellphone with his two sons, George, 10, and Aram, 9, to give pilgrims a virtual tour of the place as it opened, and to entice them to plan a visit once international travel reopens.

The sole breadwinner for his family, Rizek Nazi has not worked since March 7, 2020.

“I want people to keep the idea of coming on pilgrimage to Bethlehem in the back of their minds for when they can travel.”
– Rizek Nazi

Amid joy as Bethlehem reopens, Christians have uncertainty about future:
America Magazine

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