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Peace Light from Bethlehem to be available in Youngstown area

The flame has been distributed throughout the United States since 2000.
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CANFIELD — The Peace Light from Bethlehem will arrive in the Youngstown area in early December.

Individuals and organizations of all faiths and/or denominations are invited to bring a wind-proof container or lamp to take the flame back to their place of worship to provide the Peace Light to their own congregations to commemorate the Christmas holiday season, or take it home for their own personal use during the holidays.

The light is due to arrive at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Camp Stambaugh Scout Shop, 3712 Leffingwell Road, Canfield. It will be available there from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21. For information, call 330-533–4538.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from St. Christine Church will bring the light to JMJ Spiritual Connection, 3408 Canfield Road, Youngstown, at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12. It will be available for the public to receive during business hours through Christmas Eve. For information, call 330-270-5657.

The Peace Light originates in the grotto where Jesus was born in Bethlehem and is delivered by a young Austrian child to Austrian Airlines, where it is placed in two blast-proof miners lamps and flown from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Vienna, Austria. The light is then distributed throughout 20 European countries and overseas, including North America, via land routes and Austrian Airlines as a symbol of peace.

The Peace Light has been spread throughout Europe for more than 29 years. It has been flown to the United States since 2000, and it is due to arrive Dec. 6 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

For information or to host the Peace Light, contact Mike Kupec, Peace Light coordinator, at 330-519-3988 or