Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Risk of Collapse at Jesus’ Tomb Unites Rival Christians

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Diaa Hadid
The shrine holding the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem’s Old City. The shrine, an unsteady 206-year-old structure held together by an iron cage, has become an uncomfortable symbol of Christian divisions. Credit Gali Tibbon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
ISRAEL---It was a typical day at the shrine holding the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem’s Old City. A Greek Orthodox choir sang inside a room facing the baroque structure. But the voices were drowned out when chanting Armenian priests and monks circling the shrine raised theirs. But in recent weeks, scaffolding has gone up a few feet from the shrine in the gloomy shadows of the Arches of the Virgin, the first step in a rare agreement by the various Christian communities to save the dilapidated shrine, also called the Aedicule, from falling down. The March 22 agreement calls for a $3.4 million renovation to begin next month, after Orthodox Easter celebrations. [link]