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March 1, 2012March 1, 2012  0 comments  Geography

 

 

 

In the last few days the most senior Christian delegation ever to visit Israel from India has been traveling the Holy land. The delegation members include cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests from India, including his Eminence Oswald Gracias Cardinal Archbishop of Mumbai and Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, the head of the Syro -Malabor Catholic Church in India.

 

India Christian delegation

Indian Christian delegation meeting with Custos Pierbattista at St. Saviors Monastery; photo courtesy Dafna Tal

 

Israel's Ministry of Tourism invited the delegation to visit the Holy Land in an effort to attract addtitional tourists from India. The country has a growing Christian community and  is home to 18 million Catholics. Last year, approximately 16,000 tourists visited Israel from India, and these figures only represent what is considered to be a market with tremendous tourism potential.

 

Yesterday, the delegation met with Noaz Bar Nir, Deputy Director General of Israel's Ministry of Tourism, and the he discussed how Israel and the Indian Christian community are working together to strengthen ties.

 

The delegation has visited Christian sites in Jerusalem and the Galilee and heldmeetings with Patriarchs and Vatican representatives in Israel.

 

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Elisa L. Moed is the Founder and CEO of Travelujah.com, the leading Christian travel network for Holy Land Tours. People can learn, plan and share their holy land tour and travel experience on Travelujah.

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