Every year, around two million people visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus. The church has been in need of renovation for years, and now, help is at hand.
After visiting Israel and meeting with PM Netanyahu, Indonesian cleric Yahya Cholil Staquf has received criticism at home. In a DW interview, he said that a "reinterpretation" of Islam is necessary for peace.
On Good Friday, hundreds of pilgrims retraced the last journey of Jesus in the Old City of Jerusalem. Many Christians in Gaza, however, are still waiting for permits to take part in the Easter festivities.
Recent violence sparked by US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has put a damper on Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem. Still, scores of people took part in Christmas Eve festivities.
Israel has suspended a plan to tax Church property in Jerusalem following a backlash. In response, Christian leaders have re-opened the Church of the Holy Sepulchre after closing it due to the controversial measures.
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