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De-mining started around churches near traditional site of Jesus’ baptism

Demining at Baptism site

De-mining work has begun to rid a series of churches of mines near the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the west bank of the River Jordan. The site, known as Qaser al-Yahud, is generally described as the “third holiest site in Christianity” after the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the […]

River where Jesus was baptised “too polluted” for pilgrims


Ecumenical News International Health concerns relating to water quality have triggered an environmental advocacy group to call for the banning of baptisms in the lower Jordan River, where the Bible says Jesus was baptised.  “For reasons of public health as well as religious integrity, baptism should be banned from taking place in the river,” said […]