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In February, the Jerusalem municipality began enforcing tax collection on church property, while lawmakers in the parliament worked on advancing a law that would allow expropriation of church

More than seven thousand pilgrims filled the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with candles in hand while thousands more stood in the square outside to receive the flame.

Palestine Christians limit Palm Sunday celebrations after Gaza massacre

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Palestine Christians limit Palm Sunday celebrations after Gaza massacre

Palestinian Orthodox Christians have limited their celebrations on Palm Sunday, restricting the occasion to religious rituals in solidarity with protesters killed by Israeli forces in Gaza.

Erdogan recites Muslim prayer at Hagia Sophia, sparks controversy

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Erdogan recites Muslim prayer at Hagia Sophia, sparks controversy

The Hagia Sophia was first built in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox church before becoming an Ottoman mosque and ...

Israel restricts entry of Gaza Christians for Easter celebrations

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Israel restricts entry of Gaza Christians for Easter celebrations

Israel has said it will block most of Gaza's small Christian community from entering Israel for Easter celebrations, citing security concerns.

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Gazan Christians await permits for Easter Jerusalem celebrations

It's unclear whether Israel will grant Gazan Christians permits to visit Jerusalem's holy sites for Easter.

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Famed Jerusalem church to reopen after Israeli tax spat

The closure - which seemed to be the longest since at least 1990 - has left thousands of pilgrims and tourists seeking to visit the site locked ...

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Israel suspends tax plan on Jerusalem churches after protest

Israel on Tuesday suspended tax measures and other actions that led to the rare closure of the church built at what is seen as the ...

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Church officials: Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre to remain closed

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre will remain closed in protest of new Israeli taxes - making church officials believe ...

Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre <em>church</em> remains closed for second day

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Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre church remains closed for second day

Christian leaders are angry over attempts by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem to enforce tax collection on church property they ...

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Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church closes after Israeli harassment

Church leaders indefinitely shut down the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in protest against Israeli taxation and ...

Syria regime airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

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Syria regime airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Eastern Ghouta is home to an estimated 400,000 people living under a crippling regime siege that has made food and medicine almost impossible to ...

Jerusalem: Bringing on the apocalypse in a theme park

Hadani Ditmars

Jerusalem: Bringing on the apocalypse in a theme park

World leaders are playing political chess with Jerusalem while Disneyfying its history, notes Hadani Ditmars.

Egypt's Copts celebrate <em>Orthodox</em> Christmas amid tightened security measures

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Egypt's Copts celebrate Orthodox Christmas amid tightened security measures

Thousands of Egypt's Copts flocked to local churches to celebrate Orthodox Christmas eve amid tightened security following a year ...

Palestinians mark <em>Orthodox</em> Christmas amid boycott calls Palestinians mark Orthodox Christmas amid boycott calls

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Palestinians mark Orthodox Christmas amid boycott calls

Palestinians called for the boycott of the Greek Orthodox church on Saturday, after it allowed controversial sales of ...

Hadani Ditmars

O Jerusalem: The apocalypse returns in a theme park

Jerusalem is once again under the international spotlight, but the tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the city were not always so evident, writes Hadani Ditmars.

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Palestinian Christians protest Greek patriarch over Israel land deals

Around 50 demonstrators rallied Thursday outside St. George Church in Jerusalem where Theophilos had arrived to pray. Some waved ...

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Palestinian Christians call for Greek Orthodox patriarch to resign

With 1,500 Jerusalemites discovering the land under their homes has been sold to Israeli investors, they face uncertainty about their futures ...

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Jerusalem churches denounce Israeli efforts to 'weaken Christian presence'

The heads of churches in Jerusalem on Monday criticised what they say is a breach of the religious status quo in the city by Israel.

<em>Greek</em> <em>Orthodox</em> <em>Church</em> moves to block Jerusalem land sale

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Greek Orthodox Church moves to block Jerusalem land sale

The Greek Orthodox patriarch in the Palestinian territories announced that his church will appeal the Israeli court ...

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Orthodox Christians celebrate 'Holy Fire' ceremony in Jerusalem

Tens of thousands of Orthodox pilgrims gathered at Christianity's holiest site under heavy Israeli police guard for the traditional ...

Worshippers throng to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday

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Worshippers throng to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday

Thousands of faithful descended on Jerusalem to celebrate Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week that leads up to Easter.

Jesus rises: Restored historic shrine reopens in Jerusalem

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Jesus rises: Restored historic shrine reopens in Jerusalem

A historic tomb said to have been the last resting place of Jesus has been reopened to pilgrims after a nine-month restoration project funded by ...

Arab-Christian chants embody Middle East's shared cultural heritage

Charlie Hoyle

Arab-Christian chants embody Middle East's shared cultural heritage

A rich thread of sacred musical tradition weaves through ancient Muslim and Christian artistic and cultural heritage, writes Charlie Hoyle.

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