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Wed Dec 28, 2011, 04:33 PM

Rival clergymen clash in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

(Cross posted from LBN)

The annual cleaning of one of Christianity's holiest churches deteriorated into a brawl between rival clergy Wednesday, as dozens of monks feuding over sacred space at the Church of the Nativity battled each other with brooms until police intervened.

The ancient church, built over the traditional site of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, is shared by three Christian denominationn: Roman Catholics, Armenians and Greek Orthodox.

Wednesday's fight erupted between Greek and Armenian clergy, with both sides accusing each other of encroaching on parts of the church to which they lay claim.

The monks were tidying up the church ahead of Orthodox Christmas celebrations in early January, following celebrations by Western Christians on Dec. 25. The fight erupted between monks along the border of their respective areas. Some shouted and hurled brooms.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/rival-clergymen-clash-in-bethlehem-s-church-of-the-nativity-1.404165



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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 04:59 PM

1. Tsk. nt

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 04:18 AM

2. They do this every doggone year! Waving their brooms around, pushing and shoving!

They'd better watch out--they'll put an eye out if they keep swinging those brooms like that!

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