|by Sean O'Neill||Historical Travel, Spiritual Travel, Israel||5|
Tourism officials in Israel now offer a free, do-it-yourself guide
to walking in the footsteps of Jesus's mother, says the Associated Press.
The booklet, which includes information on the historical sites, their operating hours, and
accessibility issues for the physically impaired, is being distributed to tourism wholesalers and tour operators. To get the booklet, go to the tourism ministry's special Catholic site: holyland-pilgrimage.org.
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Last year, 3.45 million tourists visited Israel. More than two-thirds were Christian, with more than half Catholic. One of the most popular sites is Bethlehem's The Basilica of the Nativity. The church protects the cave that's said to be the where Jesus was born.
Many of the sites of historical significance are part of territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority. American visitors can pass to all of these sites using their visa to enter Israel.
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