HOLY LAND / HOLY-SEE – In a short release published on Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Custody of the Holy Land announced a generous contribution from the Holy See for the restoration of the Basilicas of the Holy Sepulcher and the Nativity.
The Custody of the Holy Land is pleased to announce that the Holy See has offered a contribution of $500,000 dollars for the restoration project being carried out in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. As is noted, an important part of the restorations has already been achieved, and it is to be hoped that, in agreement with the interested communities, the project may soon be completed.
The Holy See wishes to contribute as well to the restoration of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and to that end has allocated a corresponding amount of $500,000 for the new phase of the work, which will concern the area surrounding the Aedicule of the Holy Sepulcher. This second contribution will be dispensed after the communities named in the Status Quo have by common agreement constituted an appropriate Committee.
Both contributions are jointly granted by the Secretary of State and the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and will be made available through the Custody of the Holy Land.
Care and concern for these two Holy Places, which for centuries have nourished the faith of the Church and that of countless pilgrims, are a sign and expression of love for Christ Himself, such that “the face of the Church reflect visibly the light of Christ the Word Incarnate. He is our peace, and He is knocking at the door of our hearts in the Middle East” (Pope Francis, Speech to the R.O.A.C.O., June 16th, 2016).
Picture: The Tomb of Christ Aedicule inside the Holy Sepulcher Basilica on March 20, 2017. © Saher Kawas LPJ