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Archbishop: Israelis, Palestinians must agree before Jerusalem changes

Although Trump’s statement created tension around the issue of Jerusalem and some pilgrims have cancelled their visits, the difficulties will be put aside so that Christmas is still “celebrated with joy,” Archbishop Pizzaballa said. The church has not canceled any of the traditional public Christmas events, though the mayor of Nazareth canceled some municipal celebrations, he said.

“We will not give up our public expression. We express our determination to continue our observation (of the holiday) as expected,” Archbishop Pizzaballa said. “If someone else, politicians (cancel), that is their decision, but we as the church will not give up.”





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