The Christian Times – Monks from different denominations band together to restore holy sites in Israel

Catholic, Greek and Armenian Orthodox monks are working in cooperation to restore holy sites in Jerusalem including the Church of the Nativity. Members of different denominations are known to have fought over the use of the shared churches in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

Giammarco Piacenti, CEO of Piacenti Restoration Center, has been working on the restoration of the Church of the Nativity since April 2013 and observing the cooperation among the monks. “In the three years I have been here, I have had good collaboration with all the Churches,” Piacenti told the Jerusalem Post.

“I think all the Churches want to save this church because here Jesus was born,” he added. “It is important for all Christianity. For my professional life, this occasion is incredible.”

Conflict had repeatedly broken out between different sects at the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the past. In 2011, the Daily Mail reported a fight that broke out between the Armenian and the Greek Orthodox when a clergyman’s broomstick accidentally went into a space controlled by the other group.

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