HOLY SEPULCHRE PLANS FIRST RENOVATION IN GENERATIONS Various sects connected to the historic Jerusalem church, fraught with long-standing conflict, have agreed that renovations are necessary at the site where many believe Jesus was buried.
n old ladder leans against an outer wall of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Known as the immovable ladder, it is a testament to a stalemate on renovations that has lasted for over 250 years. The various sects that maintain chapels in the historic structure have been fearful of allowing any other group to make changes, lest it tip the delicate status quo.
Every Easter, thousands attend the Holy Fire ceremony at the historic site in the Old City, where many Christians believe Jesus was laid to rest.
The multi-million dollar project will be funded by the various Christian groups and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
At a ceremony held at the Franciscan Monastery on nearby Mount Zion, leaders of the three churches signed a rare agreement.
“Today is really a special day: not only for us and for our Communities, which are in charge of the custody of the Holy Places, but it is important for the Holy City of Jerusalem, because everybody is now realizing and acknowledging that if Jerusalem maintains her Christian character as well, it depends on us as well.” stated Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Church leader who is officially styled as Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine and Israel. “Therefore, our mission is very important, not only in religious terms but also in diplomatic terms and, inevitably, in political terms.”
Edited by onjig, 03 July 2019 - 10:21 AM.