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Church leaders indefinitely shut down the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in protest against Israeli taxation and land policy affecting church property.

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 acquire.

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.

Deja vu for a South African in Palestine

Farid Esack

Deja vu for a South African in Palestine

Comment: Farid Esack - South African veteran of the liberation struggle, explores the similarities and differences between life under Apartheid ...

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Istanbul begins building new mosque for iconic Taksim Square

Turkey on Friday began building a mosque on the iconic Taksim Square in Istanbul which local authorities hope will create a major new Islamic landmark.

Daoud Kuttab

Obituary: Hilarion Capucci, the Aleppo-born priest who championed Palestine

Hilarion Capucci's deportation turned the bishop into a roving icon as he travelled the world speaking on behalf of the Palestinian cause, ...

Katja Lihtenvalner

'Makeshift mosques' set stage for worship in Athens

In-depth: Greece's capital is to get its first official mosque, but construction, which has stalled for a decade, has sharply divided opinion in ...

Daoud Kuttab

Christmas comes three times a year in Bethlehem

In the small city of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians from three different churches ready for the Christmas period with a rich ...

New discoveries uncovered after 'Jesus' tomb' opened

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New discoveries uncovered after 'Jesus' tomb' opened

Archaeologists become the first in 500 years to uncover the tomb where Jesus Christ was said to have been placed and resurrected.

Robert Cusack

Irish Muslims condemn Syria's Grand Mufti's visit to Dublin

Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun has called for terrorist attacks in Europe and 'extermination' in Aleppo - but was still allowed a visa to visit Ireland.

Arab Christians urged to boycott Patriarch Theophilos's Christmas sermons

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Arab Christians urged to boycott Patriarch Theophilos's Christmas sermons

Arab Christians in Palestine and Jordan are urged to boycott Orthodox Christmas Day sermons by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem ...

A victory for democracy? Turkey's uncertain future

Thomas Schmidinger

A victory for democracy? Turkey's uncertain future

Comment: The future of Erdogan's Turkey largely depends on the Kurdish struggle, but many of these struggles will now take place in the ...

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