Shrouded in Mystery: From July 5, 2004

In the September 1 issue of America, Austen Ivereigh considers the fate of Bethlehem and what Christians in the United States and elsewhere can do to help it survive. Back in 2004, Drew Christiansen, S.J., looked at the uncertain future facing Christians in the Middle East.

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