Holy Land's top Catholic visits Gaza's Christians

The Catholic Church's top cleric in the Holy Land is visiting the Gaza Strip. Archbishop Fouad Twal led prayers Sunday at a Gaza City church in his first trip to the isolated territory's tiny Christian community. He says he came to Gaza to "pray for justice and peace" ahead of Christmas later this week. He also says he hopes Israel will allow Gaza's Christians to travel to Jesus' traditional birthplace of Bethlehem for the holiday. Gaza's border crossings have been sealed by Israel in response to increasing rocket fire by Gaza terrorists. Only 4,000 of Gaza's 1.4 million residents are Christian. Of those, some 600 are Roman Catholic. The Jordanian-born priest became the top Catholic leader in the Holy Land earlier this year.