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Fr. Yūwāqīm, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Isna and Armant, has taken a pastoral visit to the Holy Land. He was accompanied on his journey to Jerusalem by several fathers and priests.
The construction of a mosque in Nazareth has not caused a crisis between the Vatican and Israel, which will "very warmly receive" Pope John Paul II next year, Israel’s envoy to the Holy See said on Friday.
Churches in the Holy Land unlocked their doors Wednesday after a two-day shutdown in protest at the building of a mosque in Nazareth but tensions inflamed by the project were still running high.
Pilgrims shed tears of frustration at the locked door of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity on Monday as Holy Land churches shut in protest over plans to build a mosque near a Christian shrine in Nazareth.
Israeli Public Security Minister Shlomo Ben Ami and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah failed to reach agreement on Tuesday on a land dispute between Muslims and Christians in Nazareth that threatens to mar Millennium celebrations.
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