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Christian vs Christian

This is just purely sad. You can read the whole story at BBC World News.

Unholy dust-up at Nativity church

Members of rival Christian orders have traded blows at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, with four people reported wounded in the fray. Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic priests were sweeping up at the church following the Christmas rites of the Western churches earlier in the week.

Reports say some Orthodox faithful encroached on the Armenian section, prompting pitched battles with brooms.

Intense rivalries at the jointly-run church can set off vicious feuds.

The basilica, built over the grotto in the West Bank town that is the reputed birthplace of Jesus Christ is shared by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian religious authorities.

Palestinian police formed a human cordon to separate the battling dark-robed and bearded priests and deacons, said to number about 80, so that cleaning could continue.

Read the rest of the story here.

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December 28, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Cross Cultural, Living Conditions, Middle East, News, Social Issues, Spiritual | ,

5 Comments »

  1. Sad :(

    Comment by rainmountain | December 28, 2007 | Reply

  2. lol ! i feel like laughing ! they should be asking “what would Jesus do “?

    Comment by 'GreY' | December 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. It IS sad, Nicole. We make such a mess of things.

    GreY – You really made me laugh. Hadn’t thought of that one. Jesus would weep seeing these folk squabble in his house.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 28, 2007 | Reply

  4. thats very childish good thing it ended with a broom fight, not something else.

    Comment by error | December 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. It reminds me of a book I reviewed earlier, Good Omens in which the devil says:
    “nothing he could think up was half as bad as the stuff that they thought up themselves.”

    I believe the devil laughs and laughs when believers squabble among themselves.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 29, 2007 | Reply


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