Denver, Colo., Apr 3, 2023 / 13:30 pm
Christian leaders of Jerusalem on March 31 issued a joint statement calling on governing authorities to enhance security at holy sites as Easter approaches.
“As we have all seen in recent months, escalating violence has engulfed the Holy Land. Local Christians in particular have increasingly suffered adversities similar to the ones about which St. Peter wrote,” the patriarchs and heads of local Christians in Jerusalem said in their March 31 statement, which cited the First Letter of Peter.
Some churches, funeral processions, and public gathering venues have become “targets of attack,” lamented the group of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant leaders.
“Some of our holy sites and cemeteries have been desecrated, and some of our ancient liturgies, such as the Palm Sunday procession and the holy fire ceremony, have been closed off to thousands of worshipers,” they added. “This is in spite of our agreements to cooperate with the governing authorities and to accommodate any reasonable requests that they might present.”