The problem surrounding the water bill for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was finally settled; the Israeli government wrote off its water debts for the last 7 years. On Wednesday, an MP spokesman reported that the MP helped with the process leading to this solution. Recently, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias discussed the dispute with Israeli leader Shimon Peres during his visit to Israel. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the most important churches in the world, and the Jerusalem authorities never presented a bill for the water used in the church. A special commission will now consider the debts prior to 2005, whilst the Jerusalem Patriarchate will enjoy payment relief beginning from 2013. On Wednesday, Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said that The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem wouldn’t close, but it’d have to pay for its water supply. He pointed up that the Church hasn’t paid for water since its foundation, but bills started to arrive when a private company took over the water supply of the city. The Hagihon water company claims that it still has about 2.4 million dollars (76.2 milllion Roubles. 1.9 million Euros. 1.5 million UK Pounds) in unpaid bills for the past 40 years. Tradition has it that the church was built on the site of Calvary, where Jesus was crucified.
14 November 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
Click on the URL below for the webpage containing the video.
This is video from President Putin‘s current Mideast trip. He made otpust to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and to Bethlehem, and paid his respects at the Wailing Wall. When he was at the Wall, Rav Berel Lazar, the Chief Rabbi of Russia accompanied him. This is proof that all of the GOP fulminations about VVP are wrong. VVP is a sincerely-religious man (unlike Willard Romney, who used his “faith” as a draft-dodging ploy) and his visit to the Wailing Wall proves that’s he no anti-Semite. You can believe the lies of the Republican Party (and of its lackeys like Fox News and the American Enterprise Institute), or you can see the truth in this video. It’s up to you…
Archbishop Mark Golovkov accompanied VVP on this trip, as the video proves. To speak plainly, to have Mark instead of the Blunder on this trip is telling. The Blunder’s in the doghouse for certain… are his days as one of the high n’ mighty numbered? Look for great things from Mark Anatolyevich… rumour has it that he’s in line for a white hat soon… with a new responsibility to clean up one of the messes in the Church. I believe that Mark is our next patriarch… and I’m not alone in thinking that…
26 June 2012