Palestinian Authority and Christian leaders signs an accord to restore the historic church built on the traditional site of Jesus’s Birth

2/9/2010

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (C) addresses a meeting to discuss repairing the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem on September 2, 2010, during which the Palestinian Authority and Christian leaders signed an accord to restore the historic church built on the traditional site of Jesus’s birth. From L to R: Armenian Orthodox Archbishop to Jerusalem Nourhan Manougian, Father Pier Battista Pizzaballa, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, Palestinian Premier Salam Fayyad, former cabinet minister Ziad al-Bandar, who heads the presidential commission supervising the work, international expert Remigio Rossi, in charge of the international team working on the restoration of the church, and the Palestinian mayor of Bethlehem Victor Hanna Batarssah.