- Dec 10, 2019
In the 50 years since Israel took control of the West Bank in the Six Day War, the Vatican has continued to call for a special “international statute” to protect the special status of Jerusalem. The holy city is just that, holy to all history, and while it can serve as the eternal capital of the Jewish people, it cannot only be that.
A recent, and long needed, restoration of the most sacred chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a small sign of the progress that has been made in the relationship among the Churches which control the shrine. This year – when Catholic and Orthodox Easter fall on the same day – Holy Saturday will be a busy day in the church.
The future of Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem depends on whether the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Patriarchates of Jerusalem, and the Roman Catholic Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land can get along. Scientists and researchers have warned that if nothing is done to reinforce its foundations the shrine risks significant structural failure.