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Holy Fire Arrives in Greece Ahead of Easter

The Holy Fire from Jerusalem arrived in Athens by airplane on Saturday, ahead of Easter celebrations in Greece. The flame was received with the protocol reserved for heads of state after Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem handed it to a Greek...

‘It Smelled of Myrrh’, Says Greek Worker Who Entered Tomb of Christ

"I was the first person to enter the tomb of Christ. Yes, it smelled of myrrh," said the Greek restoration worker who was the first person to go inside the reputed burial place of Christ in Jerusalem since 1810. "I felt...

Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre Reopens After Israel Backtracks

Israel has suspended a controversial tax plan and property legislation in response to the unprecedented Christian decision on Sunday to close the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat agreed to...

Christian Leaders Shut Jerusalem’s Iconic Church to Protest Taxes

The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties. The Church is built on the traditional site of Jesus'...

Αrchbishop Theodosios: Trump’s Jerusalem Move ‘Insulting’

The archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem said, relocating the U.S. embassy "gives the (Israeli) occupation what it does not deserve." Palestinian Christian leaders have expressed their displeasure with the U.S. government's decision to move its embassy from...

“Hellenists, Go Back To Greece”: Israeli Far-Right Groups Disrupt Hanukkah Celebration

Members of Israeli far-right groups disrupted a Jerusalem community center's Hanukkah celebration, which incorporated Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and Mohammed's birthday. The protesters called the participants "Hellenists" and told them to "go back to Greece. The protest took place on Wednesday...

Greeks, Palestinians March to US Embassy Protesting Trump's Jerusalem Call

About 4,000 Greeks and Palestinians gathered in Athens and marched towards the U.S. embassy to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The protest was called by Palestinian organizations, the Youth section of the Greek...

Scientists: Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem is the Original Burial Site

Scientists confirm that what Christians believe to be the Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem is indeed the original burial site of Christ, a monument the Romans built in the 4th century AD, a National Geographic report says. The finding follows...

Jewish Investors Believed to be Buying up Greek Patriarchate Land

Purchases of Greek Patriarchate land in Jerusalem by foreign-registered companies have infuriated some in the church amid claims they will change the status quo, according to the Times of Israel. Property developer, Michael Steinhardt, and Israeli businessman, David Sofer, acquired;...

Protests Against Jerusalem Patriarch Over Land Sales Intensify

Protests against Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem have grown in recent months following the discovery of documents stating that the church sold properties it owned in Jerusalem, which house thousands of residents, as well as assets in Jaffa, Caesarea...