Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 13

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P riest bans 'Bethlehem' Carol ruined by Mid-East violence, he claims 'We have a duty to pray for peace, not just sing carols in ignorance'

Paul McMullan A PARISH priest is banning the popular carol Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem from his services today in protest at the fighting in Israel which has turned the holy place into a Christmas wasteland. Canon Jim Pannet believes the second line of the first verse "How still we see thee lie" is a travesty after snipers turned Bethlehem's historic Manger Square into a no-go area.

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