Schedule of Events
12:oo p.m. “Testimonies of Palestinian Christians: Live from Bethlehem.” Fr. Michael McDonagh, International Advisor to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, moderates a live discussion.
1 p.m. “Every People under Heaven:” The Many Voices of Medieval Jerusalem from 1000-1400, Jerusalem was home to more cultures, faiths, and languages than ever before. Dr. Barbara Boehm and Dr. Melanie Holcomb, the co-curators of the international exhibition Jerusalem, 1000-1400: Eve,y People Under Heaven, opening this fall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will discuss how myriad religious traditions – sometimes competitively and other times complementary – contributed to the artistic and spiritual richness of the medieval city.
2 p.m. “Modern Day Saints of Palestine: Women of Bethlehem” how the culture and environment of Royal David’s City of Bethlehem have given rise to.modern day saints including the recently canonized Maryam Bouardi. Like the humble Maryann, they lead quiet lives of simple service .performed with great love. Attention will also- be given to Our Lady of Palestine, St. Helen, traditions of the Grotto of the Nafrvity and the Milk Grotto, women religious working in Bethlehen and other unsung heroines of the town.
3 p.m. “Holy Land Principles.” Fr. Sean McManus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and Holy Land Principles Inc., will give a power-point presentation on the Holy Land Principles- a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in Israel/Palestine. The Holy Land Principles are based on the very effective Mac Bride Principles for Northern Ireland- and very aptly so, since it was England that partitioned both Palestine (Balfour Declaration 1917) and Ireland (Government of Ireland Act, 1920). Until Fr. McManus launched the Holy Land Principles in 2013, the 545 American companies in Palestine/Israel had, extraordinarily, never been challenged on their fair employment.