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Trip to Holy Land made Easter celebration special: Obama

Last Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 22:48

Washington: US President Obama said on Friday that his Easter holiday was especially meaningful this year after his Middle East visit last month, which included trips to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

"This year, I think was particularly special for me because right before Easter I had a chance to feel that spirit during my trip to the Holy Land. And I think so many of you here know there are few experiences more powerful or more humbling than visiting that sacred earth," Obama said in his remarks at the annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.

"It brings Scripture to life. It brings us closer to Christ. It reminds us that our Savior, who suffered and died was resurrected, both fully God and also a man; a human being who lived, and walked, and felt joy and sorrow just like us," he said.

"And so for Christians to walk where He walked and see what He saw are blessed moments. And while I had been to Jerusalem before, where Jesus healed the sick, and cured the blind, and embraced the least of these, I also had a chance to go to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

"And those of you who have been there know that entering the church is a remarkable experience, although it is a useful instruction to see how managing different sections of the church and different clergy -- it feels familiar. Let`s just put it that way," said the US President.


First Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 22:47

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