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Restoration of chapel of Jesus’ tomb completed inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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Holy SepulchreIn a recent report on 22 March 2017, Vatican Radio announced the reopening of the Edicule or Shrine of the Tomb of Christ, a small chapel located inside the Basilica Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is the first time in over 200 years that the Edicule has been restored. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The church contains two of the most visited sites in Christendom: the site where Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, known as "Calvary", and Jesus's empty tomb, where He was buried and rose from the dead. The restoration work of the Edicule was co-financed by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church, with the Holy See also contributing $ 1 million for this restoration work along with that needed for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

In a joint statement published 24 October 2016, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Metropolitan Sotirios Athanassoulas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada), and His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimian, Primate of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church Diocese of Canada, invited their faithful to participate in and support this historic joint restoration.

Following the ecumenical service for the official reopening of the Edicule, an archaeological expert who took part in the restoration underscored the urgency in restoring other vital elements of the entire Church of the Holy Sepulchre, particularly the 22-ton pillars that hold up the dome of the rotunda which is said to be in need of immediate attention. A new phase of consolidation and restoration work will be commencing soon.

Link to the story on Vatican Radio on the restoration of the Edicule

Link to the second story on Vatican Radio on the need for further restoration work

Link to the 2016 October joint statement

Last Updated on Friday, March 31 2017  
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