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Uptick in Asians visiting the Holy Land

Jerusalem (UCAN): An increasing number of Asians, especially Indonesians, are taking part in official pilgrimages to Holy Land’s shrines, according to the Franciscan Pilgrims Office of the Custody of the Holy Land.

The Italian news agency SIR reported that in 2015, more pilgrims came from Asia (59,668 people in 1,729 groups) than from North America (53,110), although the United States of America led the list of countries of origin.

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Frozen accounts and few pilgrims

JERUSALEM (AsiaNews): “Things have worsened, there is no real willingness to resume peace negotiations and there is always an excuse to put it off. Every day we expect more deaths, but nothing is done to resume dialogue,” Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, the patriarchal vicar of Jerusalem, said in describing the current situation in the Holy Land and the Middle East.

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