In-Fighting Threatens Church of the Nativity

Squabbling over repairs to the basilica commemorating the birthplace of Jesus may endanger the Church of the Nativity, according to Telegraph reporter Tim Butcher. He writes that the three Christian communities in charge of maintaining the church cannot agree on restoration methods.

For years, holes in the roof of the 1,500-year-old basilica have let in rainwater, threatening Crusader-era murals and Byzantine mosaics. The church is jointly maintained by the Armenians, the Franciscans, and the Orthodox Greeks, who have paid for a survey of repairs but can't seem to agree on how to proceed.