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Jul 03, 2012 13:12
Category: Religious News

US - UNESCO Nativity Church

 WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say the Christian denominations
that administer the traditional site of Jesus's birth should have
been consulted before the U.N. cultural agency listed the Church of
the Nativity as a World Heritage site.
     UNESCO took the emergency action at the urging of Palestinians,
who celebrated the listing of the basilica in Bethlehem as a step
forward in their quest for global recognition of an independent
Palestine.
     State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said such emergency
actions usually are taken only when a site is in imminent danger.
     She also noted that the Roman Catholic, Armenian Orthodox and
Greek Orthodox custodians of the Church of the Nativity were not
properly consulted. The Christian denominations had opposed the
World Heritage listing, fearing UNESCO meddling in church affairs.
     Nuland said the U.S is "profoundly disappointed" at what
appeared to be "a political move."