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A Bomb Threat & Unlikely Allies on First Pilgrimage to The Holy Land

By Fr. Barron

Well, I can think of a lot of things that were remarkable and stay in my memory. One was up on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is a hard place to get permission to film (in June 2008).  Our first attempt was blocked by a bomb threat. The second one, we got up there, but we had to go through all types of security. Then at one point, I almost got up to the main area, but I’m being blocked by these guards at a checkpoint. They were Israeli soldiers, and they were pretty mean looking. They had the sunglasses and three day-old beards -- big guys with guns. So it was a little frightening, tense moment. 

   And then one of them said to me, "I am Catholic like you."  I said, "You are?"  And the other one said, "I am Catholic, and my sister is a nun in Haifa." So with that, I realized these two Israeli soldiers were Christians and Catholics. That broke the ice, and then we got along famously. So you never know what you’re going to find in the Catholic world.


  • Enrique Sosa

    Really amazing . God Bless you .

    9/23/2011 12:33 PM

  • Lee Stocker

    That is a great story. But, I wonder, what of all the Christian Palestinians that do not get the same treatment and have been basically abandoned by the West? All those selling their handiwork in the markets shown in the first episode in the Old City and in the walled city of Bethlehem? Those of whom the Latin Patriarch whose installation you showed speaks of. They are an ancient part of the Catholic world, too.

    10/6/2011 7:53 AM

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