Home page News
Real threat to Christian presence in Jerusale…

Real threat to Christian presence in Jerusalem asserted by participants in protest action in Old City

DECR Communication Service, 29.03.2022. 

The head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, Archimandrite Alexander (Elisov), and the mission staff took part in a protest action organized by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem with the aim to draw attention of the world public to real threats to which the Christian presence in the Holy City and the entire Holy Land are subjected.

The two old pilgrims houses of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem - “Imperial” and “Petra” located in the square of the Jaffa Gate opened their doors for the heads and representatives of the Christian Churches in the Holy Land, official representatives of Orthodox Patriarchates in Jerusalem, leaders of Christian public organizations in Israel, Palestine, the USA, Sweden and other countries, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps in several countries and numerous Christian residents of Jerusalem, who gathered together for the protest action to support the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem in its efforts to assert the Christian presence in Jerusalem. The meeting was caused by an unprecedented capture of the Petra pilgrims’ house by representatives of the Orthodox Judaic organization “Ateret Cohanim” (Heb. “Crown of the Priests”) who illegally got in the building and barricaded themselves inside.

The gathering was addressed by His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, the Custodian of the Holy Land, Francesco Patton, and the manager of the Imperial and Petra pilgrims’ houses, Valid Dajani, who called upon the public to prevent the capture of the buildings in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem by radical Judaic groups. They also pointed to the need to preserve the status quo of the Old City and especially the so-called “Pilgrims’ Path” - the street leading fr om the Jaffa Gate to the Church of the Lord’s Sepulchre.

As Patriarch Theophilos stressed, if the buildings, which stand on the both sides of the Pilgrims’ Path, are moved to the property of Judaic religious organizations, then the key-street of the Old City, in which millions of pilgrims usually walk to the greatest shrine of the world may be fully blocked for Christians.

In addition, religious radicals presented a real threat the stability and health of the whole society, His Beatitude stated.

He recounted that the Christian community of Jerusalem continuously suffered from crimes committed on the grounds of religious hatred and from behind-the-scenes tactics of intimidation and regular attempts to lim it the opportunity for Christians to remain in their historical houses and quarters.

For several years now, the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem has tried to defend its rights to several pilgrims’ houses in the Christian quarter in Jerusalem, which are unfairly claimed by Judaic radical public organizations. A previous similar protest action took place on December 2021, as heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem addressed a multitude of Jerusalem’s Christians from the balcony of the Imperial pilgrims’ house, stating the inadmissibility of a review of the status quo of the Old City.

A few days after that, on December 13, thirteen Christian Patriarchs and heads of Churches in Jerusalem issued a joint statement drawing attention of the state authorities and public to the threat to the Christian presence in the Holy Land caused by the activity of religious groups, including physical assaults and insults to the clergy, attacks on Christian churches and acts of vandalism against shrines, as well as attempts to violate the integrity and cultural identity of the Christian quarter of the Old City with the aim to ultimately drive the Christian community away from Jerusalem. The text of the statement was published on the official website of Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as well as in printed and ecclesial network resources in Jerusalem. In the beginning of 2022, representatives of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission conveyed to the Patriarch of Jerusalem a list of acts of vandalism towards Russian churches in the Holy Land during 2021.

In January, in his traditional Christmas TV interview, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia stressed, “The concern of His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos is very congenial to us… We are well aware of this story and, generally, of the difficulties encountered by the Church of Jerusalem. We are in full agreement with His Beatitude; we support him and will certainly come to the defence of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem”.

As the press service of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission reports, the legal proceeding has been initiated to present the fact of the capture of the Petra pilgrims’ house of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which took place on March 29.

 

Share:
Patriarchal condolences on the death of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York

18.05.2022

Patriarch Kirill: Our flock is both in Russia and Ukraine and we ardently pray for the restoration of peace

18.05.2022

Commentary by the Communications Service of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate on the interview given by Pope Francis to the Italian publication Corriere della sera.

04.05.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s talk with Primate of Serbian Orthodox Church

27.04.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates Paschal Great Vespers at the Church of Christ the Saviour

24.04.2022

Paschal Message of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the archpastors, pastors, deacons, monastics and all faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church

23.04.2022

Holy Synod members discuss the issue of rendering aid to refugees and suffering civilians in Ukraine

25.03.2022

Holy Synod considers it important that the Russian Church’s stance on the crisis in Ukraine be brought to notice of the heads of non-Orthodox Churches and inter-Christian organizations

25.03.2022

Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church meets under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

24.03.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: The main thing in a person's life is their relationship with God

20.03.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s address to the Supreme Church Council on March 18, 2022

18.03.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairing a meeting of the Supreme Church Council

18.03.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had a talk with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

16.03.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia talks with Pope Francis

16.03.2022

Patriarch’s homily on the Sunday of Orthodoxy at Christ the Saviour Cathedral

13.03.2022

The 25th meeting held by the Working Group for cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

19.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with leaders of a major inter-Cristian humanitarian organization

13.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Exarchate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem in Cyprus

13.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus

12.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk holds negotiations with head of the DECR of the Malankara Church

11.05.2022

DECR chairman meets with representative of the Armenian Apostolic Church Catholicosate of Cilicia

11.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion delivered a presentation at the plenary session of the Orthodox Pre-Assembly of the World Council of Churches

11.05.2022

Russian Orthodox Church delegation attends Orthodox Pre-Assembly of World Council of Churches

10.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion on the work carried out by the Church amid the political confrontation in Ukraine

09.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: Imposing sanctions will not affect the life of the Russian Orthodox Church

09.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion on details of the talk between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis of Rome

09.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: We have learned from own experience that Jesus Christ is God Incarnate

02.05.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Church is called upon to unite people regardless of their political orientation

02.05.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s talk with Primate of Serbian Orthodox Church

27.04.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates Paschal services.

24.04.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates Vespers of Good Friday with the procession of the burial-shroud.

22.04.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates Vespers and the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on Holy and Great Thursday.

21.04.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: the essence of religious life lies in the love for God

16.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: May the joy of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ into the world live in our hearts always

09.01.2022

On Christmas Eve, Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Moscow church in honor of the icon of the Mother of God "Joy to All who Sorrow" on Bolshaya Ordynka.

06.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord calls every person to salvation in a variety of ways

27.12.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has commanded us to love every human being

31.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: on the Feast of the Holy Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we glorify the heavenly intercession of the Mother of God

14.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith

29.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul

01.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ

27.06.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us

07.03.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents

24.01.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins

19.01.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life

17.01.2021

Feedback

Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message
Рус Укр Eng Deu Ελλ Fra Ita Бълг ქარ Срп Rom عرب