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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.
The ceremonial lighting of the "holy fire" took place at the historic church.
Christians jostle with Mahmoud Abbas for control over their affairs.
"It's one of the holiest sites for our religion and we prayed very hard these last three days that things would change and it would be open for us to be able to go in."
A statement issued by Christian leaders in Jerusalem said the church would reopen on Wednesday morning.
By UDI SHAHAM,HERB KEINON
Will the Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopen?
By UDI SHAHAM
Tuesday is the third day that the church's doors are closed.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Although the doors to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre have been closed in past, Safadi said the church was closed “for the first time in over 1,000 years."
By HERB KEINON
Church leaders said the holy site, a popular stop for pilgrims and where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried, would remain closed until further notice.
"We came here all the way from Chicago, ten thousand miles, hoping to see where Christ died and we were so disappointed," says upset tourist.
“We... are following with great concern the systematic campaign against the Churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land, in flagrant violation of the existing Status Quo.”
By UDI SHAHAM,LAHAV HARKOV
Analyzing gypsum mortar connecting that slab to the bedrock allowed them to determine its age, dating it to 335-345 AD.
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