'Hashemite Custodianship ensures continued Christian presence in Jerusalem'

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'Hashemite Custodianship ensures continued Christian presence in Jerusalem'

jordantimes.com

Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jordan Christoforos Attallah on Wednesday, April 10, said that Hashemite custodianship over Jerusalem’s holy sites guaranteed a continued Christian presence in the occupied city.

During a meeting with journalists from The Jordan Times and Al Rai, Attallah said that Hashemite custodianship over Jerusalem’s Islamic and Christian holy sites was a continuation of the Pact of Omar signed in 638AD by the Caliph Omar Ibn Al Khattab and the Patriarch of Jerusalem Sophronius.

“We have legitimacy to speak on behalf of the Christians of the Mashreq [Levant], and our legitimacy granted us the right to ask His Majesty King Abdullah to be the custodian of Jerusalem’s Christian sites.”

The archbishop said that Hashemite custodianship over Jerusalem’s holy sites was a continuation of the culture of coexistence between Muslims and Christians which was institutionalized by the Pact of Omar some 1,400 years ago.

Attallah also said that the number of Christians in the Holy City has decreased from 30,000 to around 5,000. He added that Christians in Jerusalem and elsewhere were not against any single religion, and that “we believe, as the King believes, that Jerusalem is for Christians, Muslims and Jews”.

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:49
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