Advent begins in Bethlehem

(  Fra. Pizzaballa was in Bethlehem to help begin the Advent Season this past weekend. Not only did Advent kick off with the traditional lighting of the Advent wreath, but in order to attract more pilgrims and tourists, the 50ft tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square was also illuminated. Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah were both on location to help celebrate the beginning of Advent and each switched on the tree lights as bands played Christmas songs.