Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity undergoes biggest repair in 600 years

By Daniela Berretta, The Associated Press - 14/12/13 BETHLEHEM, Palestine - As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity. Wrapped in scaffolding, the basilica located at the site traditionally regarded as Jesus' birthplace is undergoing a much-needed facelift after 600 years. Experts say that water ...

Armenians Voice Fears Over Threat to Rights in Holy Land

Jerusalem, Dec 30, 2012 – The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, a member of the triumvirate of Guardians of the Christian Holy Places, has voiced grave fears over the threat of the erosion of its historic and traditional rights in the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. The rights and privileges that are the legacy of the Armenians ...

Armenians Voice Fears Over Threat to Rights in Holy Land

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Jerusalem, Dec 30, 2012 – The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, a member of the triumvirate of Guardians of the Christian Holy Places, has voiced grave fears over the threat of the erosion of its historic and traditional rights in the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. The rights and privileges that are the legacy of the Armenians ...

Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians

A damaged crucifix survives the burning of a Greek-Orthodox church in Tulkarem in the West Bank on Sept. 17, 2006.

9/3/2012 The church in Bethlehem had survived more than 1,000 years, through wars and conquests, but its future now seemed in jeopardy. Spray-painted all over its ancient stone walls were the Arabic letters for Hamas. The year was 1994 and the city was about to pass from Israeli to Palestinian control. I was meeting with the ...

Gaza Christians long for days before Hamas cancelled Christmas

Christians in Gaza say they face intimidation and arrest over Christmas celebrations since Hamas took charge in 2007. Photograph: APAimages/Rex Features

Phoebe Greenwood in Gaza City 23/12/2011 Since the Palestinian Authority left the Gaza Strip, festive celebrations and displays of crucifixes have become taboo. When the Latin patriarch came to Gaza's Holy Family church to celebrate Christmas mass last week, he instructed a full house of Catholic and Orthodox families to pray for reconciliation. As the archbishop, Fouad Twal, ...

PA struggles to fund Bethlehem Church Renovation

Greek Orthodox clergymen clean the floor of the Nativity Church, believed  by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, ahead of Orthodox and Armenian  Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem (MaanImages/Luay Sababa, File)

13/12/2011 BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority is struggling to raise funds for a planned renovation to Bethlehem's iconic Church of the Nativity, a Palestinian official said Monday. Ziad Bandak, presidential adviser for Christian affairs and head of the Nativity Church restoration committee, says the PA has raised about $1.6 million of the nearly $15 million ...

UNESCO Fueling Cultural Conflict Over Hebron Holy Site

Israel's Minister of Information and Diaspora, Yuli Edelstein in front of the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron last Monday. Photo: Anav Silverman

Anav Silverman International Correspondent in Jerusalem 22/11/2011 It is a clear blue and busy day in the holy city of Hebron. A small crowd of press gathers around Israeli Minister Yuli Edelstein outside the Tomb of Patriarchs. A Bar Mitzvah celebration is taking place and a procession of musicians lead the Israeli family whose son is celebrating his ...

Ousted Patriarch behind locked doors in Jerusalem

By JOSH LEDERMAN The Associated Press 6/1/2011 JERUSALEM -- Six years ago, Irineos I was the patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem with about 100,000 followers. Today, he sits behind locked doors in his Old City apartment, claiming he has been imprisoned by the successor who ousted him in a dispute over sale of church land ...

Letter from Bethlehem

The Guardian In this, the first in an occasional series of Extra reports from our foreign correspondents, Harriet Sherwood visits the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It's shared by three denominations and attracts two million visitors each year. The building is about to undergo the first major renovation in its 1,700-year history, which is ...