Settlers Burn Greek Orthodox Church Land In Jerusalem

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Source: International Middle East Media Center by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News Sunday evening April 28, 2013, a group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt a land that belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church in Wadi Hilweh, in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that dozens of extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers gathered in the area, and that the armed settlers went on to burn the church land. On Saturday, three Palestinians, member of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Leads Jerusalem’s Sit-In for Prisoners

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Source: FARS News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- Palestinian residents organized a sit-in in front of the Red Cross encouraging detainees on hunger strike and in solidarity with the loss of detainee Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh. erusalem figures and families of detainees participated in the demonstration. Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna said that "we are in the heart of Jerusalem expressing solidarity with all our detainees, especially our Hebron people who lost detainee Maysara, the Palestinian … [Read more...]

Who Guards The Most Sacred Site In Christendom? Two Muslims

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Source: International Business Times By Gabriele Barbati JERUSALEM -- Every Christian knows the holiest places in Christendom are in Jerusalem. The holiest of all, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was erected in 325, over the site where it is believed Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. Yet, few know that it is a Muslim who opens and closes the only door to this holiest of Christian sites. In fact, it's two Muslims: one man from the Joudeh family and another man from … [Read more...]

New Jerusalem Armenian patriarch elected

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Source: The Daily Star - Lebanon JERUSALEM: Archbishop Nurhan Manougian has been elected the 97th Armenian Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, one of the five custodians of Christian religious sites in the Holy Land, sources told AFP on Thursday. Manougian, 65, replaces Torkom Manougian, who died aged 93 in October 2012, after falling into a coma following a stroke. The new patriarch will lead the small Armenian Orthodox communities in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan, as … [Read more...]

Jerusalem Municipality: No Free Water Deal for Old City Church

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Source: Arutz Sheva 7 Pay your bills as the Kotel and Knesset do, a spokesperson for the Jerusalem Municipality told officials at a major Jerusalem church. by David Lev Reports that the government and the Jerusalem municipality were planning to pick up the tab for eight years of water bills unpaid by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City were premature, said a member of the City Council. Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) representative David Hadari, who is a member of the Council … [Read more...]

Vandals spray-paint hate graffiti on wall of Greek Orthodox church in Jerusalem

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Source: StarTribune Article by: Associated Press JERUSALEM - Vandals have spray-painted "Death to Christianity" and "Jesus, son of a whore" on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem. The overnight attack on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series of vandalisms of Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to Israel's settlement movement are suspected. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the vandals also sprayed "price tag" on the monastery's … [Read more...]

Church of Holy Sepulcher owes NIS 9m. water bill

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Source: The Jerusalem Post By REUTERS Church threatens to shut its doors after Jerusalem water company freezes the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate's bank account. This week the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which has extensive and valuable property holdings in the Holy Land and maintains a headquarters in the ancient church, had its bank account frozen, said an official at water company Hagihon. A report in Ma'ariv on Friday said the Patriarchate was threatening to shut the … [Read more...]

President Putin Venerates Shrines in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

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Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church During the night of June 26, 2012, while on a working visit to Israel, President Vladimir Putin visited the Church of the Lord’s Sepulchre. At the church entrance, the head of the Russian State was welcomed by His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, together with members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre. Among the welcoming party were also Archbishop Mark of … [Read more...]

O Little Church in Bethlehem – Basilica Decays as Sects Squabble Over Who Pays

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Source: The Independent | Catrina Steward When it comes to fixing the church roof, rarely has it been so difficult to reach agreement as at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. But, after a centuries-old stand-off between rival religious sects, it looks as if the reputed birthplace of Jesus may finally get the renovation it so badly needs. With Palestine's recent admission to Unesco, the body responsible for protecting historic sites, the Palestinian Authority hopes to win recognition … [Read more...]