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Religious Leaders Decry Arson at Church of Multiplication in Holy Land

The Benedictine superior in Israel, Father Gregory Collins, told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who called the priest to express his condemnation of the attack, that 5,000 pilgrims visit the church daily. The site was to be closed for at least three days.

“I was shocked and saddened to learn this morning of the fire at the church at Tabgha. Such terrible desecration of an ancient and holy place of prayer, is an attack on the very fabric of life in our country — where people of different faiths seek to live together in harmony and mutual tolerance and respect,” Rivlin said.

Father Collins also said he understands it is a small group of people who are carrying out such attacks, which he described as attacks on Israeli democracy.

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