Peaceful Easter in Jerusalem
- A bit of light news on Easter
Speaking of Jewish-Christian relations regarding holy days, yesterday's Easter ceremonies in Jerusalem were a lot more peaceful than some were expecting. (Orthodox Christians use a different calendar than Western churches, and celebrated Easter yesterday.) Israel was threatening to restrict attendance at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher's Holy Fire ceremony Saturday to only a few hundred people instead of the 10,000 or so that have attended in past years. Last year, a fight broke out between Greek and Armenian clergy over whose candle would be lit first, and church leaders began blowing out each others' candles. It's a sad, sad story, but the two sides were finally able to come to an agreement at the last minute this year, and 6,000 people worshipped peacefullywell, except for the pushing and shoving.