The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church that is affiliated with the Holy See, with its headquarters in Damascus, Syria. The church in Bethlehem was built by the Greek Catholic Parish in 1963. Located on historic Star Street, the Church is a walking distance from Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Its most unique features are the bell tower, which reflects sophisticated craftsmanship, and the beautiful arabesque motifs carved in the stone. Many social and cultural activities are implemented around the complex, which also includes a social and cultural centre for youth and a library of books that were donated by His Holiness Pope John Paul VI during his visit to Bethlehem in 1964.