Jerusalem Christian site torched mere hours after Pope’s visit
Arson’s fire was set at Dormition Abbey, the location of Jesus’ Last Supper & the last stop of Pope Francis’ 2-day visit to Israel.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Fire set by a suspected arsonist damaged a guest book at a Jerusalem holy site marking the location of Jesus’ Last Supper, in an attack on Monday that occurred several hours after Pope Francis had visited the site.
A priest shows burnt wooden crosses following a fire at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem on Monday – Photo: Reuters
Police spokesman Chief Insp. Micky Rosenfeld said authorities believed the arsonist was not Jewish and that an investigation was being conducted into the motive for the attack.
The site of the attack was the Dormition Abbey, a Catholic sanctuary atop Mount Zion in Jerusalem’s Old City, the last stop of the pope’s two-day sojourn in the Holy Land.
Rosenfeld said that based on witness accounts, “someone walked into the church, then used a candle to set the fire, which was put out quickly,” causing some damage to the book.
He did not know whether the volume contained anything the pope may have written during his hour-long visit to the domed structure.
Israeli police mounted a massive security detail outside the church during the pope’s visit, fearing possible violence by ultra-nationalist Jews. They have protested at the site before against yielding any control over an area many Orthodox Jews revere as the burial site of the biblical King David.
No disturbances were reported at the site while the pope was inside.
View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=17795