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'Magnificent' Baptismal Font Discovered in Bethlehem Church of Nativity


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Palestinian officials say they discovered a Byzantine-era baptismal font in the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. 

The church was built in the 4th century on the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. The baptismal font was discovered during recent renovations on the church. 

Ziad al-Bandak, Head of the Palestinian committee in charge of the church restoration, called the discovery "magnificent."

"Nobody knows why it has been covered and put in this place and never written in any historical book about it, either in the Church or in the historical books. This is for sure a baptism font from the 6th, maybe 6th or 5th century," he added. 

Al-Bandak said international experts would examine the font.

He also said there would be a ceremony to mark the completion of the church's restoration in summer 2020. 

UNESCO declared the church a world heritage site in 2013. 

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, she served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization which seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle