Arab Christians Try Reviving Town of Jesus Miracle

January 22, 2010

KUFR KANA, Israel — In this small Galilee town where tradition says Jesus turned water to wine, an ambitious priest hopes to perform his own miracle — revive a shrinking flock.

Father Masoud Abu Hatoum, nicknamed “the bulldozer” for his enthusiasm, has come up with a few ideas, like re-enacting the New Testament story of Jesus transforming the water for guests at a wedding in the Galilee hamlet of Cana, now this northern Israeli town of Kufr Kana.

“We have to attract people,” said Abu Hatoum, who looks as much rock star as priest with his trim beard and large wrap-around sunglasses.

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