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Nazareth

The town
in southern Galilee in which Jesus grew up and spent His hidden years.

Nazareth was set in an upland basin which meant that it was somewhat secluded, yet it was close to the trade routes and to the main road from Rome to Jerusalem. There is no reference to it in the Old Testament and its ordinariness later led Nathanael to speak disparagingly of it. John 1: 43-51.

Nazareth in history

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Yet, it was here that the angel Gabriel appeared to a virgin called Mary, betrothed to a man named Joseph, to announce to her the coming of Messiah. Luke 1: 26-38.

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Jesus was born in Bethlehem; born a king, which made Him a threat to the temporal power of the day - Herod the Great. Jesus' earliest years were spent in Egypt to escape the slaughter of the innocents by Herod. After Herod's death it was safe to return, but not to Judea. Matthew 2: 19-23.

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Consequently, Mary and Joseph came back to live in Nazareth. Scripture gives an indication that Jesus was well received by the people of Nazareth in these early years. Luke 2: 46-52. This changed dramatically when He began His public ministry, and the people of Nazareth rejected him on two occasions. Luke 4: 16-30Mark 6: 1-6.

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After Nazareth, Jesus moved to Capernaum.

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The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is built over the remains of Byzantine and Crusader churches. It incorporates the cave in which Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus.


Nazareth is the capital and largest city in the North District of Israel. It is the most important city for Israel's Arab citizens who make up the majority of Nazareth's population.


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Papal Schedule in Nazareth

Thursday 14th May, 2009
10 a.m. C
elebrate Mass on the Mount of Precipice in Nazareth.
3.50 p.m. meet the Israeli prime minister in the city's Franciscan convent
4.30 p.m. greet and address religious leaders of Galilee in the auditorium of the Basilica of the Annunciation
5.30 p.m. Vespers at Grotto of the Annunciation, with bishops, priests, religious, ecclesial movements and pastoral workers. [next map location: Jerusalem]

Pope asks Christians to build bonds with Muslims

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The family . . place of faith, prayer and loving concern

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Pope Benedict talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
in the Franciscan convent in Nazareth.


Pope meets religious leaders of Galilee

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Lets talk about peace. . . above all, let's pray together

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Benedict XVI: God’s creative power guides history

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Pope revisits biblical history in Nazareth

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Other Map Locations at which to view Pope Benedict's visit to the Holy Land:

DATE See MAP LOCATION(s):
Fri 8th May Philadelphia (Amman)
Sat 9th May Mt Nebo, Amman
Sun 10th May Amman, Baptism in the Jordan
Mon 11th May Amman, Joppa (Tel Aviv), Jerusalem
Tue 12th May Jerusalem
Wed 13th May Bethlehem
Thu 14th May Nazareth
Fri 15th May Jerusalem, Joppa (Tel Aviv)