Religion: Peace in Nazareth

The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth is one of the great rallying places of the Christian world, but for the last 24 years its local parishioners, the Christian Arabs of Nazareth, have been badly divided. In 1928, one of the Franciscan monks at the Annunciation was charged with building a new wing to the adjoining monastery. In a slight dispute, he fired one of the stonecutters. Angered, the 29 other stonecutters quit. When the monks still refused to reconsider, 600 other Nazarenes joined in protest. They refused to set foot in their church again, until their stonecutter was reinstated.


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