The construction of a mosque in Nazareth has not caused a crisis between the Vatican and Israel, which will "very warmly receive" Pope John Paul II next year, Israel’s envoy to the Holy See said on Friday.
Plans are made to build a center for all three monotheistic religions in al-Tor, in the Sinai. The author, however, opposes building a synagogue out of fear the land later may be claimed by Israelis. The author is against normalization with Israel.
"We are not in need of assuring our belief in the heavenly books and all the stories mentioned in them. We believe in what the Holy Qur’an mentioned about the story of the Jews’ departure from Egypt and how they accompanied Moses to escape the tyranny of the pharaoh."
Churches in the Holy Land unlocked their doors Wednesday after a two-day shutdown in protest at the building of a mosque in Nazareth but tensions inflamed by the project were still running high.
At dawn each day for 800 years, a member of the same Muslim family has opened a door to Christianity’s holiest shrine in the Holy Land’s most sacred city. But this door is narrow and could become a death trap if thousands of pilgrims visit the church.
Pope John Paul hopes to fulfill his dream of tracing the footsteps of Jesus Christ next March when he makes a visit to Holy Land sites ruled by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Vatican said Wednesday.
Israel concentrated its evil efforts to provoke sectarian strife among Palestinian Muslims and Christians in the city of Nazareth. The Israeli government allowed the construction of a mosque on 700 feddans near the Church of the Annunciation in the town.
Pilgrims shed tears of frustration at the locked door of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity on Monday as Holy Land churches shut in protest over plans to build a mosque near a Christian shrine in Nazareth.
Safwat Al-Bayadi, the head of the Protestant Church in Egypt says that only twenty percent of the members of the Protestant churches in Egypt believe that Christ will come at the end of this year. Dr. Rafiq Habib says that some people in the West use these ideas as a reason for supporting Israel....
Israel’s Supreme Court ordered on November 14 that a huge shrine be removed from the grave site of Baruch Goldstein, the US-born Jewish settler who massacred 29 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron in 1994.
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