Monday, September 27, 2004

And you'll know we are Christians by our love.

JERUSALEM (AP) Greek Orthodox and Franciscan priests got into a fist fight Monday at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Christianity's holiest shrine, after arguing over whether a door in the basilica should be closed during a procession.

Dozens of people, including several Israeli police officers, were slightly hurt in the brawl at the shrine, built over the spot where tradition says Jesus was crucified and buried. . . .

Custody of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is shared by several denominations that jealously guard territory and responsibilities under a fragile deal hammered out over the last centuries. Any perceived encroachment on one group's turf can lead to vicious feuds, sometimes lasting hundreds of years.

Source: "Greek Orthodox, Franciscan priests brawl over opening of door in Jerusalem basilica", by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press, 9/27/2004.

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