Jerusalem and Christianity reveres not only for its role in the Old Testament but also for its significance in the life of Jesus. The Old City of Jerusalem is sacred to Christians as the site where Jesus Christ spent his last days on earth. Little is known of the city from the time of Hadrian (AD 130) to that of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, when Christianity became the religion of the empire. The population of Jerusalem and Christianity was gradually supplemented by Christians, and pilgrims flocked to the city. The Significance of Jerusalem The care of the Christian view
Christians of Jerusalem demanded legal rights by Amineh Ishtay
The Christians of the entire world demanded their legitimate rights, as they are an essential part of the Jerusalem�s population. They ask for full freedom of access to its Holy Places and freedom of worship. Rights that they have acquired throughout history such as: property ownership, custody and worship. Those rights are already protected in the Status Quo of the Holy Places according to documents should continue to be recognized and respected.
The Christians have the right to come on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. They ought to be able to find there all that is necessary to carry out their pilgrimage in the spirit of their authentic tradition: freedom to visit and to move around, to pray at holy sites, to embark into spiritual attendance and respectful practice of their faith, to enjoy the
possibility of a prolonged stay and the benefits of hospitality and dignified lodgings. The local Christian communities should enjoy all those rights to enable them to continue their active presence in freedom and to fulfill their responsibilities towards both their own local members and toward the Christians pilgrims throughout the word. Local Christians, not only in their capacity as Christians per se, because Jerusalem is the place of roots, ever living and nourishing, but like all other citizens, religious or not, should enjoy the same fundamental rights for all: social, cultural, political and national.
Among these rights are:
- The human right of freedom of worship and of conscience, both as individuals and as
- Civil and historical rights which allow them to carry out their religious educational, medical
and other duties of charity.
- The right to have their own institutions, such as hospices for pilgrims, institutions for the
study of the Bible and the traditions, centers for encounters with believes of their religions,
monasteries, churches, cemeteries, and so forth, and the right have their own personnel
and run these institutions.
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The Significance of Jerusalem and Christianity
The care of the Christian view
From the book Jerusalem Today edited by Ghada Karmi
with a contribution by Edward Said
The sacramental principle in Christianity means that the land is hallowed by (association).
History signifies because of what it contained: geography is sanctified because of what it
housed. "I will be there", said the voice in the bush to Moses, "as whom there I will be".