Bethlehem and the Christmas Story – Podcast

Bethlehem and the Christmas Story – Podcast

14 minute podcast in which Dr. Italy describes the town of Bethlehem and the field of the Shepherds at the time of the birth of Christ.  Helps bring the Christmas story alive as we read of the little town that was the city of David.

At Christmas we sing “O little town of Bethlehem.”  But what was this town like at the time of Jesus?  And how likely is it that the Church of the Nativity, on Manger Square, is built over the actual birth site of Jesus.  What is it like to enter and explore that church and to descend into the cave that is traditionally regarded as the place where Mary gave birth to Christ?

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Marcellino D’Ambrosio (“Dr. Italy”) has been to Bethlehem nearly thirty times.  In this podcast, he describes not only Bethlehem but the nearby town of Beth Sahour, the site where the angels appeared to the Shepherds guarding their flocks at that first Christmas.  He was there most recently filming the ground-breaking video study of Christ called “Jesus: the Way, the Truth and the Life” now available from Ascension Press.

Listening to this podcast will help you better visualize the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and appreciate the infancy narratives found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Dr. Italy appears weekly on the Sonrise Morning show, a production of Sacred Heart Radio.  You can listen to this show broadcast live Monday through Friday via the EWTN Global Catholic Radio, a network of over 120 local affiliate stations in the US.  You can find podcasts from the Sonrise Morning on both Sacred Heart radio site and

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Banner/featured image The People’s Census at Bethlehem by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Public domain.

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