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Jordan’s king to contribute to restoration of Christ’s tomb

April 12, 2016

In a letter to the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, King Abdullah II of Jordan announced that he will contribute funds to the restoration of Christ’s tomb at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

“His Majesty King Abdullah embodies in deed, and not only in word, the shared living of Muslims and Christians all over the world and particularly in the Holy Land,” said Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem.

“This is excellent news, news of a highly symbolic character, since the Holy Sepulchre is the most sacred place for Christians of all confessions,” added Catholic Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem. “This decision shows the kindness of the King towards Christians and his constant concern to preserve the heritage of Christianity, including his role as guarantor of the holy places, Christian and Muslim, [in] Jerusalem.”


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  • Posted by: - Apr. 19, 2016 12:43 AM ET USA

    I agree with Randal; I wonder too!! Thank you very much King Abdullah of Jordan.

  • Posted by: ljlc48358 - Apr. 13, 2016 12:19 AM ET USA

    Thank goodness. Thank God. Thank the King. Amen

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 12, 2016 9:34 PM ET USA

    Does anyone know what steps Israel and the U.S. have taken to preserve the heritage of Christianity in Jerusalem? There is no dispute that the U.S. heavily invests in the Jewish state of Israel. I would like to know what fraction of this investment is used for the restoration of Christian sites. Jordan cannot be the only government to make such an investment, can it?