Posts Tagged ‘Church of the Holy Sepulchre’

Christ’s tomb exposed for first time in hundreds of years

Monday, March 11th, 2019

For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered Christ’s tomb. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., and most likely centuries earlier.Read more

Israel suspends church property tax plan

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Israel’s government has suspended Jerusalem’s church property tax plan. As a result major Christian denominations, including the Catholic Church, have promised to reopen the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It had been closed for three days as a protest against the proposed taxation regime. The church – revered as the site where Jesus Read more

Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre closed in tax protest

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been closed in protest at Israeli tax policies which Christian leaders say unfairly target the Christian community. The Church is important to Christians as it was built where Jesus’s crucifixion is believed to have taken place. Read more

Christ’s newly restored tomb may collapse

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Christ’s newly restored tomb may collapse, says Antonia Moropoulou, chief scientific supervisor with the National Technical University of Athens. The tomb’s structural integrity has been a concern for over 100 years. The tomb has just been reopened after extensive renovations. Moropoulou says the collapse will be a slow, but catastrophic process. The problem is the Read more

Visitors crowd to see Jesus’s restored tomb

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Visitors from around the world are making pilgrimages to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to see Jesus’s recently restored tomb. The last time the tomb was restored was in 1810. It is considered one of the most sacred sites in Christianity. Inside the tomb is a burial bed made of rock, where Read more

Church of the Holy Sepulchre may close in protest over water bill

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, on the site where Jesus was crucified and rose again, may close for a day in protest over a disputed $NZ2.8 million water bill. Such a move would bar thousands of pilgrims and visitors from the church that is considered to be the most holy Christian shrine Read more

Why Muslims hold the key to the Holy Sepulchre

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Every morning and night, in a ritual dating back hundreds of years, two Muslim families control the opening and closing of the place in Jerusalem where Jesus rose from the dead. The Joudeh and Nuseibeh families, one generation after another, got the job of holding the keys and opening the door to Christianity’s most sacred Read more