By Rula Samain, Jordan Times
The Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem, All Palestine and Jordan Theophilos III on Saturday vowed to fight back accusations over the sale of church properties in Jerusalem.
The Patriarch said: "We remain fully committed to supporting our pastoral and spiritual mission as entrusted to us by God, and even as we face these unprecedented and dangerous developments." He added: "We reassure our Christian community in our holy land, in the Middle East and throughout the world, that we in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and holy sites will do everything we can to support and preserve the property of the Patriarchate and other churches, and we will be steadfast in protecting the Christian presence in the region...the Jaffa Gate ruling and the proposed draft law have serious impacts." "We are here today to spread this message from Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the custodian of Islamic and Christian holy sites in the Holy Land, based on the Statico and international laws and covenants," he added.
Jack Howland, Poughkeepsie Journal
The roughly 90-minute divine liturgy service at Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church is already steeped in tradition, with communion and song and the burning of incense, but there was one extra step Sunday morning.