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Bethlehem and Athens Twinned

Two cities with roots deep in ancient history were officially “twinned” here last week when Mayor Elias Freij of Bethlehem and Mayor Dimitris Beis of Athens signed the protocol of sisterhood at a solemn ceremony at the Athens Cathedral.

Beis remarked that the “cradle of Christendom and the birthplace of the ancient spirit have finally become sister cities, to join their forces in the struggle for a better world of peace and love.” Freij, who is a

The ceremonies were held in the presence of leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.