Free-for-all among Christian sects at the site of Jesus” crucifixion

November 10th, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 10 (ANI): Police in Israel have broken up a brawl between rival monks in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is considered to be the site of Jesus” crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

Standing in Jerusalem’’s Old City, the church is one of the most revered sites in Christianity.

The church is home to six different Christian sects, who often indulge in fights over the rights to maintain and worship in different sections of its hallowed halls.

The latest fight erupted after an Armenian procession marking the fourth-century discovery of a cross that was apparently used in Jesus” crucifixion.

According to reports, Greek Orthodox monks wanted to post a monk inside the Edicule, a structure built on what is believed to be Jesus’’s tomb, to which the Armenian clergymen refused.

Angered Greek monks then blocked the procession and the two groups then started fighting.

Riot police broke up the fight and arrested a bearded Armenian monk and a Greek Orthodox monk bleeding from a gash on his forehead.

The police is now questioning the two monks, reports the Telegraph (ANI)

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