With Easter almost here, religious Christians from across the world have begun to gather at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the only Church where 6 different Christian denominations come together to pray at the same place to begin Holy Week.
Christians in the Holy Land are celebrating Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week that leads up to Easter.
Crowds of faithful gathered at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
Catholic monks during the procession in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Old City – Photo: Wikimedia/Abraham Sobkowski, Israel’s OFM
Many waved palm fronds to symbolize how worshippers greeted Jesus over 2,000 years ago as he triumphantly entered Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Following the death of the last patriarch, who banned visits to Jerusalem, & clear lack of policy on the matter by new leader, members of Coptic Church exploit the situation and fly to Israel for Easter.
By Roi Kais
Some 50 Copts arrived in Israel on Thursday on a direct flight from Egypt to celebrate Monday of the third week of Easter, which takes place on April 15.
Pope and Patriarch of the Church of Alexandria Theodoros II – Photo: EPA
The guests plan to tour holy sites in Jerusalem, despite a prohibition by Pope Shenouda III (the 117th Pope and Patriarch of the Church of Alexandria, who died in 2012) not to visit the Israeli capital as long as the city is under occupation. Continue Reading »