Religion: Galilee's King

On the northern shore of Palestine's Sea of Galilee lies Tabgha, one of the Holy Land's lushest garden spots. Anciently, scholars believe, it was Bethsaida. It boasts a mosaic pavement and an altar stone, fragments of the Roman church of the Loaves & Fishes which was built to commemorate Christ's miracle on the other side of the lake. To Tabgha in the past 30 years have gone tourists, British officials, archeologists, Bible students, to visit not the Roman relics but the big, blue-eyed, square-bearded monk who discovered them, Father John Tapper.

A Lazarist,* Father Täpper ran a hospice at Tabgha, in which...

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