Restoration of Christ’s tomb in Holy Sepulchre basilica nears completion
March 03, 2017
Restoration work at the site of the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre will be finished by Easter, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has announced.
Restoration work on the “Edicule”—the shrine at the site where Jesus was buried—has taken nine months and cost $3.3 million. The costs were borne by the Franciscan Custody, the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Armenian Orthodox Church. Jordan’s King Abdallah II made a personal donation to support the work, as did Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. An ecumencial celebration on March 22 will mark completion of the work.
Although the Edicule itself is now stable, experts say that another extensive renovation project is necessary to address the problems that damaged the structure: the excess humidity and smoke from candles in the ancient Jerusalem basilica. The Vatican has promised “substantial” support for that project.
During the restoration of the Edicule, workers who were close to Jesus’ tomb reported odd phenomena, including a “sweet aroma” and malfunctioning of electronic instrucments, suggestive of a powerful electromagnetic force.
- Restoration of the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre to be completed before Easter (Fides)
- Workers report extraordinary phenomena at Christ’s tomb (CWN, 11/15/16)
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Mar. 04, 2017 1:49 PM ET USA
"Franciscan Custody, the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Armenian Orthodox Church. Jordan’s King Abdallah II made a personal donation to support the work, as did Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas." So we have Catholics, Orthodox, and Muslims paying for the restoration that is taking place in the heart of Israel. The site is clearly archeological in nature (i.e., scientific); yet the host country shows no interest? The Palestinian president offers support; yet a 2-state solution is unacceptable?