- Feb 17, 2020
The three churches in charge of Jerusalem’s holiest Christian site say they have reached an agreement to begin a multi-million dollar renovation of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, have sent a joint letter to Israel’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, urging the Israeli government to protect the “Status Quo” of holy sites in Jerusalem.
Israel’s Ambassador to the Holy See says that when Pope Francis addressed the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in his annual speech to diplomats on Monday, there was nothing new there — and insists that Israel wants peace as much as Francis does.
Pope Francis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone Dec. 29 about the status of Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said 37 Palestinians were wounded, including some by rubber bullets and beatings. The new violence came shortly after worshipers rushed to pray at Jerusalem mosque that was reopened following an 11-day Muslim prayer boycott over the Israeli security measures.