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Welcome Resurrection with trust and love, says Jerusalem archbishop

The mystery of the Resurrection is difficult to understand or explain and can only be welcomed into one’s heart with trust and love, said Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem.

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Franciscan custos hopes Holy Sepulcher cooperation can serve as example

As restoration work began on the pavement stones of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Franciscan Father Francesco Patton said he hoped the cooperation among the three custodial churches in the project would serve as an example for all Christians.

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Amid joy as Bethlehem reopens, Christians have uncertainty about future

Bethlehem residents returned to the Church of the Nativity as the holy site opened to visitors May 26 after being closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But amid the joy was a feeling of uncertainty about their economic future, as pilgrims and tourists are not yet able to return.

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Eastern Christians mark Easter in shuttered Jerusalem church

A handful of Eastern Orthodox priests held mass for the Christian holiday of Easter on Sunday in an empty Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Israel to help Christians share ‘holy fire’ amid outbreak

Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals — the Holy Fire ceremony — is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday.

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