The Plight of Christians in the Holy Land

The Plight of Christians in the Holy Land

Roni Salsa, a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem, came to the United States more than 20 years ago with one mission in mind.

Working through the nonprofit Land of Peace, Salsa spends his time educating Americans about the struggles Christians in the Holy Land face on a daily basis.

His home parish is Our Lady of Fatima Parish, located a mile away from the Nativity Church where Jesus was born and the Shepherd’s Field where the angels came to announce the birth of Jesus. Salsa’s parents, siblings and in-laws still live in the Holy Land. They are part of the 1% of the entire Christian population in Isreal. Bethlehem once had a Christian population of 85%. That number has dropped drastically to just 17%.


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