489 between hope and fear

Bethlehem January 25, 2015
Dear people,
Peace and all good.

I want to start with a tribute to my good friend, Brother Arnold Bosdriesz, brother of Saint Louis in Oudenbosch. He called me on Monday night to basically say goodbye to me. The candle is finished. He is 92 years old.
A good collective memory is the vigil at the arms fair, for which we have been a time to Lausanne with Roline Woldinga, now 90 years old.


On Tuesday I went to Jerusalem to be with the doctor for the custody to discuss the next step in the treatment of my legs. That will probably be in Haifa, where I was operated on in October 2008. That will be in the hospital Benei Berit.

Back home I could have an encouraging conversation with my fellow Filipino friar Benny Baisas. I know him for many years when he did his work in Sri Lanka. I met him in Rome at a conference. Now he wants to continue his life as a friar in Nazareth. He told an impressive moment during the Pope’s visit to the Philippines. During his meeting with young people a girl told her story. At one time it was her too much and she began to cry. The Pope went to her and hugged her long, just like the young man who told his story.

This event reminds me of the story of Francis, who embraced a leper just outside Assisi, which was his moment of conversion.

Monday Yihya came to visit. He came on foot from his home because he had no money to take the group taxi, which costs about 60 euro cents. He would like to come every day to feel more like a human being, but he cannot. He is trapped by his family as unwished child.

Shorouq also came a few times to see me.

Thursday I was able to go to the gift shop of John and Mike to bring old newspapers, which they can use as packaging material. I had a good conversation with Mike about the situation in the world and the games that are played as in Ukraine. To think further is the supply of arms to the government. How can they be used by the Ukrainian army without training? Or are there other forces present, contractors, who are trained in it? And the blame Russia for

That day shops and schools were closed because of the cold weather.
Meanwhile, it is hard to say what will happen in the Ukraine. The strange thing in this situation is that a party has not participated in the negotiations for a cease-fire, namely the so-called rebels. Putin then is so powerful that he can control the rebels?

Wednesday night it was a very stormy weather and was led by the storm of sand from the desert. Normally this happens in April.

Last night something nice happened. It turned out that the TV did not work. That’s happened to me earlier in the week. But now I know how to deal with the remote control to get the channels. So I could in an instant bring up the stations to the delight of those present, brothers and aspirants. Also, a way to make an impression.

I found a link with pictures of Christians in Pakistan, leading a hard life there:
→ nrc.nl: christenen-in-verdrukking-in-pakistan
I have three attachments: one is an article on the female mayor of Bethlehem (in Dutch), another attachment is a long article about the torture after 9/11 and the third deals with developments in the world with various links: Greek tragedies by Mazin Qumziyeh.

Greetings from Bethlehem, Louis

© 2015 Louis Bohte

attachments – (on Scribd):
1 Greek Tragedies

2 Six Americans Who Prove Bush and Cheney Didnot Have to Do It, Torture

3 Babaoun-burgemeester Bethlehem 14 Februari 2015 Ed


About friar Louis Bohte OFM

president Commission JPIC of the Custody in the Holy Land
franciscans Palestinian Territory
Religious Institutions
August 2004 – Present (10 years 6 months)

☛ interview on Haaretz (webpage)

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