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WOODEN bricks carved by a carpenter called Joseph Yaoub living in Bethlehem will be the focus of a Christmas appeal launched at Coventry Cathedral next week.

Canon Andrew White, the cathedral's international director, returned from the Holy Land yesterday with the olive wood bricks which the youth group will sell on Christmas morning.

Canon White said: "They were made by a modern-day carpenter whose name is Joseph and who, like many people in Bethlehem, is facing a winter of extreme hardship.

"However many times we sing O Little Town of Bethlehem, the reality of life there is very different from the romantic image.

"People are desperately short of food and medicine which is why our appeal this year is in aid of the Crisis in Bethlehem appeal."

Each small engraved brick will be sold for a minimum donation of pounds 1 by members of the Cathedral's After Eights youth group following the Christmas morning service at 10.30am when the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Colin Bennetts, will be preaching.
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Date:Dec 21, 2002
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