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10 January 2013
Carl Hétu




Snowstruck Bethlehem is seen through one of its many moisture-speckled windows. (photo: CNEWA)

It is true: One can’t predict what will happen in the Middle East — political conflict, war, refugees, persecutions. But who would have seen this coming? A snow storm has hit the Holy Land — the first in five years. And the magic of snow had its effect on the children and adults alike who turned out to play, laugh and enjoy the moment.

Yes, schools and offices are closed. Roads are hard to access and navigate — the region isn’t equipped to handle such events. But even here, people are having simple, basic fun. What a pleasure to see!

(Click any of the photos for a full-size image.)

Children build a snowman near the Church of the Nativity. (photo: CNEWA)

This 9 January photo captures the snowfall in Manger Square. (photo: CNS/Marcin Mazur, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales)