In the Old City of Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa, or “The Way of Sorrow,” is a warren of ancient cobblestone streets where the traditional Stations of the Cross are marked. Today, the local parish churches along this pilgrimage route are dwindling as Palestinian Christians continue to emigrate at a steady pace.

Many here fear that the living community of local Christianity is about to disappear in the land where the faith began. The sorrow of Christians in the Middle East is no different than the sorrow all people, Muslims and Jews alike, feel at the violence that surrounds them. But Christians, as a minority faith, are often targeted.

The two church bombings by the Islamic State (ISIS) against Egypt’s Coptic Christian community killed 45 people on Palm Sunday. In Syria and Iraq, Christian minority communities have been brutalized and slaughtered by ISIS. In other countries like Lebanon and Jordan, decades of war in the region created a steady flow of migrants to Europe and America and left the communities shrinking year after year.

The GroundTruth Project, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation has been walking “The Way of Sorrow,” not just in Jerusalem but also from Bethlehem to Alexandria, Egypt, to hear the stories of indigenous Christians and why many are leaving.

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The Way of Sorrow

The Agony

In the aftermath of two deadly bombings in Egypt targeting their churches, Coptic Christians mourn the loss of their brothers and sisters.

The Way of Sorrow

Taking Up the Cross

In the last 50 years, Christians have steadily dropped from making up 80 percent of Bethlehem’s population to representing just under 12 percent today.

The Way of Sorrow

The Holy Fire

There's a disconnect between Christians in the United States and those in the Holy Land, and it has profound effects on Palestinian Christians, who are still living under threat.

The Way of Sorrow

The Crucifixion

On Good Friday in Jerusalem, Christians marched in solidarity with those who lost loved ones days earlier in the Palm Sunday 2017 bombings in Egypt.

The Way of Sorrow

The Road to Emmaus

“It will not weaken our faith, but the actions of these extremists and the disappearance of Christianity in the land where the faith began [that] will weaken humanity."

The Way of Sorrow

Documenting Christianity

One photographer's work over the years, documenting the Christian minority in the land where faith begin.

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