QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli and foreign engineers sounded the all-clear on Sunday around three churches on the western bank of the Jordan River, near where Jesus is believed to have been baptised, after mines that had marooned the shrines for decades were cleared.The river banks were once a war zone between Israel and Jordan, and were littered with thousands of landmines and unexploded ordnance. The two neighbours made peace in 1994 but it took many years before the defusing and clearing began.gi Seven churches have lain abandoned for more than 50 years in the area of operations, about a kilometre (half-mile) from the Qasr al-Yahud baptism site in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, which is a major draw for Christian pilgrims. Israel's Defence Ministry said on Sunday that mine-clearing had been completed around three of the shrines - belonging to the Franciscan order and the Greek Orthodox and Ethiopian churches - though they have yet to be formally opened to the clergy … [Read more...] about De-miners sound all-clear at marooned Jordan River baptism shrines
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0 Have your say The lilting voices of two dozen Muscovite pilgrims rise up from the muddy waters of the River Jordan. Clad in oversized white T-shirts and smocks, they might be mistaken for hospital patients were it not for the vibrant paintings of the Baptism of Christ emblazoned on their fronts. Singing prayers from the Russian Orthodox service, they stand amidst the reeds and wet their heads – a symbolic act at the spot where John the Baptist is believed to have performed the ritual on his cousin Jesus in around 25AD. As they do so, a piteousness of doves takes to the desert sky; time seems to bend and, for a fleeting moment, ancient and modern fuse into one. “We have been following the route of Christ in Jerusalem,” Maria Yuryeva tells me, as she steps back, dripping, on to the wooden decking. “It is very special here. It makes you feel – not stronger in your beliefs, maybe, but more spiritually connected.” I am … [Read more...] about Insight: Clearing the West Bank of bombs for baptisms
Avi Selk, The Washington Post Published 12:45 pm, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 A Protestant pastor was killed by a crocodile during a baptism ceremony in an Ethiopian lake, according to the BBC. Docho Eshete and about 80 members of his congregation gathered Sunday morning at the southern end of Lake Abaya - close to a national park where enormous crocodiles have been reported to cover the shore. Normally, the animals are a tourist draw. But the Telegraph reported that Lake Abaya has lately had a shortage of fish, and the crocodiles have become aggressive toward humans, who have little chance to spot them in the lake's murky red waters. "He baptized the first person and he passed on to another one," a resident of nearby Arba Minch told the BBC. "All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor." LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Wait, what is Salesforce? Katie Wood, SFGATE RAW: Lava conditions at Kapoho Bay USGS … [Read more...] about Pastor performed a baptism in an Ethiopian lake. A crocodile killed him.
World crocodile attack A baptism ceremony in Ethiopia went horrifically wrong on Sunday, when a crocodile attacked a religious leader. Docho Eshete, a Protestant pastor, was leading the baptismal ceremony at Lake Abaya, near Arba Minch city. About 80 people were planning to be baptized, but only one completed the religious rite successfully before tragedy struck. "He baptized the first person and he passed on to another one. All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor,” local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC. In this photo taken on July 24, 2015, a crocodile sunbathes on a river bank at Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. Fishermen and members of the congregation did their best to help Docho Eshete, a Protestant pastor. S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images Recommended Slideshows 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World 10 Stunning Photos of Hawaii's Mount Kilauea's Volcanic Eruption … [Read more...] about Crocodile Jumped Out Of Water And Killed Ethiopian Pastor During Baptism
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, co-authored by the late Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson and Minnesota’s Sen. Walter F. Mondale. That legislation in 1968 provided immediate protection to eight rivers, including the St. Croix and Namekagon. This milestone is being commemorated by the St. Croix River Association with a variety of events, including a TPT film premiering on June 10, “The Wild and Scenic St. Croix,” by accomplished local filmmaker John Kaul and a collection of wonderful images of these rivers by nature photographer Craig Blacklock. Peter L. Gove Blacklock’s book, “The Enduring Gift,” includes an introduction by Mondale on his long association with the St. Croix River and a tribute to the photography of Craig and his father, Les Blacklock. I had the opportunity to work with Mondale on this essay. With his and Blacklock’s permission, the following are excerpts from … [Read more...] about Celebrating a milestone: Walter Mondale and the St. Croix River