France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem’s most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cum-holy site in the city’s volatile eastern half. After several aborted attempts, the French Consulate General reopened the Tomb of the Kings last month. But […]

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Patriarchs press for preservation of Christian presence in Middle East

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Syrian-born Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs pressed the need to preserve the Christian presence in the Middle East during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The patriarchs — Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, Melkite Patriarch Joseph Absi, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II and […]

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