I have been following live broadcasts of Pope Francis' August 13-18 pastoral journey to South Korea.
At today's Mass he spoke to 50,000 young people from 23 countries gathered in the Castle of Haemi and preached (in English!!) on the theme of the 6th Asian Youth Day--“Asian Youth! Wake up! The Glory of the Martyrs Is Upon You!”
Some of the Korean architecture reminded me of a few houses I see from my bus between Meitar and Beer Sheva.
The pagoda-style roofs seem to be a popular theme in newer Arab houses.
The ones in my photo are on the outskirts of Bedouin village Umm Batin, also known as Abu Kaf.
Why do they need such big villas next to their farm, you ask?
Bedouin families average six to ten children.
Israel bans polygamy,
but Bedouin men often marry two to three wives and can have families with
as many as 25 children.
The Negev desert makes up 60% of the Israel’s land mass, but
it is a sparsely populated area that holds only 8% of the
About 700,000 people live in the Negev.
This includes over 200,00 in Beer Sheva.
It also includes an estimated 200,000 Bedouin citizens.
UPDATE: Broadcasts and videos of the Pope in Korea can be seen at http://www.vatican.va/video/index.html
(Linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)