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To Stand on Holy Ground

We go on pilgrimages. Since the dawn of human experience, individuals have trekked to holy places. Perhaps the impulse to sojourn to a sacred spot foreshadows a final spiritual destination.

The increasing ease and decreasing expense of air travel allow more people to make pilgrimages. A sharp upsurge in Christian pilgrimage is expected in the next year as the approach of the millennium attracts those wanting to visit the land Jesus walked.

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In this time of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Ramadan, Monitor middle-east correspondent Ilene Prusher interviewed five individuals who made the journey to Jerusalem. They shared with her how their lives were changed as a result of their journey to this crossroads of three of the world's great religions. Their stories begin on page 18.

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