Kremlin to Address Holy Sepulchre Church Row

admin | 05 November 2012

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III

MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian presidential administration will thoroughly study a request for help from Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III over problems the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is facing, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Peskov told the Moscow-based Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday that Moscow will not remain indifferent to the request in Theophilos’s letter he sent to the Russian leader.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has threatened to close its doors to pilgrims and tourists as its bank account has been frozen over an accumulated debt for water supplies.

The church, which has been for centuries one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for millions of Christians as the purported site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is now unable to pay salaries to its extensive staff of priests, monks and teachers.

MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian presidential administration will thoroughly study a request for help from Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III over problems the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is facing, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Peskov told the Moscow-based Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday that Moscow will not remain indifferent to the request in Theophilos’s letter he sent to the Russian leader.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has threatened to close its doors to pilgrims and tourists as its bank account has been frozen over an accumulated debt for water supplies.

The church, which has been for centuries one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for millions of Christians as the purported site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is now unable to pay salaries to its extensive staff of priests, monks and teachers.

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