Tag Archive for Catholic Church

Major Holy Land churches demand PM block Jerusalem property law

A senior Roman Catholic official, along with heads of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches in Jerusalem condemn the proposed draft legislation they say is aimed at expropriating property that the church has been subletting to commercial businessmen.



Three major Holy Land churches on Friday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to block draft legislation they said was aimed at expropriating their property.

In a letter to Netanyahu seen by AFP, heads of the Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches in Jerusalem and a senior Roman Catholic official condemned the bill as “disgraceful.”They said its inclusion on the agenda of a government committee meeting scheduled for Sunday reneged on previous commitments to withdraw the law. Continue Reading »

Jesus’ Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Begins Historic Renovation


The Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches put aside their differences to engage in a $3.3 million project that will reinforce & preserve the Edicule, the ancient chamber housing Jesus’ tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

By the Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


A team of experts began a historic renovation on Monday at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming long-standing religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at the site in more than 200 years.

Christian nuns watch as experts begin renovation of Jesus’ tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, Monday – Photo: AP

The project is focused on reinforcing and preserving the Edicule — the ancient chamber housing Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue Reading »

Rabbi Claims Only Jewish Prayers Kept King David’s Tomb From Becoming Church

Rabbis urge for all Jews that visit & pray at the Western Wall to also visit the nearby Tomb of David, to keep it from falling into Vatican hands.

By Israel Today Staff


King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion was the focus of major controversy last summer when it was reported that, under pressure from the Vatican, Israel was preparing to hand over or sell control of the holy site to the Catholic Church.

The site is also holy to Christians, as the second floor of the compound is home to a more modern representation of the “Upper Room.”


In March an Italian newspaper reported that the Israeli government had in fact reached an agreement whereby the Vatican would take control of the Upper Room, while the building itself, and therefore King David’s Tomb, would remain still be owned by the Jewish state. Continue Reading »

Radical Jews fight for status quo at holy Jerusalem site


Likud MK Feiglin, along with some 30 religious Jews, came to pray at the Cenacle or ‘Upper Room’ over David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, where they caused a furor.



Several dozen radical Jews gathered Monday at the Jerusalem site known as the Cenacle to protest against Christian pilgrims praying there for Pentecost, a police spokeswoman said.

Photo: AFP

“Around 30 Jewish faithful gathered to pray in the presence of (rightwing Likud) MK Moshe Feiglin,” Luba Samri told AFP.

The Cenacle, or Upper Room, on Mount Zion is in a two-storey building considered holy to both Christians and Jews, who regard it as the place where the biblical figure David was buried. Continue Reading »

Catholic Church Appears to Now Control King David’s Tomb – Jews Ejected By Police

The Mass prayers took place after all Jews were evicted from the holy site by Israeli police & Yassam special forces since it was not in the accepted “Room of the Last Supper” on the 2nd floor of the Compound.

By Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar


In further proof of the fixed nature of Christian Mass services being imposed on the David’s Tomb Compound, services which were filmed on Sunday, it now turns out that Mass was held again on Monday morning – this time in the very room where King David’s Tomb is said to be located.

After Mass services at David's Tomb

After Mass services at David’s Tomb – Photo: Rabbanit Yocheved Grossman

Rabbanit Yocheved Grossman, a lead activist for King David’s Tomb, reported to Arutz Sheva that numerous priests and monks held Mass services in the room of King David’s grave marker. Continue Reading »

Report: Vatican Maneuvering for Control of Mount Zion in Jerusalem

Christian leaders pressuring Israel to relinquish to the Vatican control of Mt. Zion housing King David’s tomb, and the building with the ‘last supper’ hall.

By Maayana Miskin


Christian leaders reportedly pressured Israel to turn over control of Mount Zion in Jerusalem during a clandestine meeting of senior city officials.

The meeting took place Tuesday in the office of Attorney Amnon Merhav, the director-general of the Jerusalem municipality. It was attended by officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, President’s Office, Tourism Ministry, Police, Kotel Rabbi’s Office, and more.

During the meeting, representatives of Christian groups in the capital pushed Jerusalem leaders to give the Catholic Church control over the Mount Zion area that includes the “Hall of the Last Supper.” Continue Reading »

Catholic Church in Poland Unveils 18th Century Blood Libel Painting

On Thursday for the Catholic Church‘s Int’l Day of Judaism, a controversial picture was uncovered to expose realities of the church’s anti-Semitic past.

By Ari Yashar


The Catholic Church of Poland unveiled a painting on Thursday that had been kept hidden since 2006, after protests from both Catholics and Jews opposed the depiction of Jews murdering Christian children in the classic anti-Semitic blood libel trope.

The painting, an 18th century CE work by Italian painter Charles de Prevot called “Mord Rytualny (Ritual Murder),” has been mounted on a wall at the cathedral in Sandomierz but hidden behind a red curtain for the past 8 years due to its contents. Continue Reading »