OH NO! Hours After Pope Francis Departs, Church of the Nativity Is Damaged by Fire

Pope Francis visits the Church of the Nativity on May 25, 2014

A fire broke out early Tuesday in the Church of the Nativity, on the traditional site of Jesus’ birth.

Pope Francis visited the Bethlehem church on May 25.  The pope had left the Holy Land only hours before the fire was discovered at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday by a security guard who smelled smoke.

Apparently, the fire was accidental–starting when an oil lamp fell over, damaging some fabric wall hangings insid the Grotto of the Nativity itself.  The Lebanon Daily Star reports

Bethlehem Governor Abdel-Fatah Hamayel told AFP it was a small fire that had broken out accidentally when an oil lamp fell over just before dawn, causing some damage to fabric wall hangings inside the Grotto of the Nativity itself.

“It was an accident that started when an oil lamp fell over. The fire started on its own, then burned itself out,” he said.

The fire, which was discovered at around 4:30 a.m. (0100 GMT) when the security guard smelled smoke, broke out in the cave underneath the 4th-century basilica where Christians believe Mary gave birth to Jesus.

Inside, the charred remains of several brightly-coloured wall hangings hung limply against the cave walls which were blackened with soot. Two ornate icons of Mary holding Jesus sustained smoke damage.

“We have asked those who work there many times to put out the oil lamps and candles when the church closes at 6 p.m.,” Hamayel said, adding that similar accidents had happened in the past.

This is not the first time that fire has damaged the historic church.  The basilica, which is constructed over the site that is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus, was originally commissioned by the Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena in 327 A.D.   That original basilica was completed in 339 A.D., but was destroyed by fire during the Samaritan Revolts in the sixth century.  A new basilica was constructed by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 565 A.D.  Since that second construction there have been numerous architectural additions, including its bell towers.

Due to its cultural and geographical history, the site holds a prominent religious significance to those of both the Christian and Muslim faiths.  More than a million pilgrims visit the basilica each year.

  • Catholic Crusader

    This antipope strikes again. What more signs do people need? God’s Wrath will not be contained before this modernist apostate and his total hatred of Catholicism. Like the 100ft John Paul II cross that fell and killed a handicapped man, certainly representing the likewise handicapped “faithful” (to a Modernist Judaeo-masonic evil god that is not Our Lord), that lived on John XXIII street on the eve of the “canonizations” of these two modernist enemies of Christ’s Holy Roman Catholic Church, the flooding of Lourdes and Our Lady’s Shrine when modernist John Paul II’s “relics” were brought there on two separate occasions, and that very visible lightning hitting St. Peter’s Basilica after Benedict XVI’s forced and invalid resignation, this unnatural fire starting just hours after this abominable antipope defiled with his unholy and diabolical Christ-denying Judaeo-masonic presence the Church Of Our Lord’s Nativity are signs of Our Lord’s Wrath against these demons and the apostate faithful insulting Him and doing nothing to defend His Most Holy True Church, knowing that Modernism is punished by excommunication latae sententiae as irrevocably decreed by Pope St. Pius X, True Saint, in Praestantia Scripturae. Oh, how grave will the chastisement still be! Pray and keep True Faith immaculate and inviolate, as Our Lady requested. 2017 will mark 500 years of satanic Judaeo-masonic revolution from demoniac heresiarch Martin Luther, 300 years of the official formation of the satanic Unified Grand Lodge of Freemasonry in England, 100 years of satanic Judaeo-masonic Bolshevik revolution in Russia, all of which, especially the first, as openly admitted, will be celebrated by this antipope who might even canonize Luther according to some rumors. What else is required for people to awake? The most important happening in 2017 this man will not be celebrating, but we, Catholics will most certainly with Hope and Fear before Our Lord and His Wrath: Our Lady’s Appearance at Fatima. Spot the antipope and keep Christ’s True Faith, fighting for the destruction of satanic and papally condemned “Democracy” to reestablish Catholic Supreme Monarchy, forever bound to St. Peter, and never to impostors of the kind of Simon Magus, Valentinius, Anacletus II, John XXIII I and II and all other heresiarchs and antipopes. CHRISTUS VINCIT, CHRISTUS REGNAT, CHRISTUS IMPERAT!!


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