Armenian Archbishop urges calm over Jerusalem

Karekin Bekciyan says Jerusalem is shared worship site for Jews, Christians, Muslims and this should not be harmed 

An Archbishop of the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul on Thursday urged calm over the Jerusalem issue to prevent it from escalating into a larger crisis, Anadolu Agency reported.

“We believe that all sides should make a common effort to prevent harming Jerusalem’s character as a common site for worshipping and visiting” for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, said Archbishop Karekin Bekciyan, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Turkey until a Patriarch is elected.

In a media statement, Bekciyan said they are following with anxiety the global tension triggered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. is recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli’s capital.

Bekciyan urged all sides not to take any action that would lead to a worse crisis.

“We are all praying for the peace and well-being on the Earth and especially in the Middle East, and pray that the Almighty Lord send the celestial love to the hearts instead of hatred and anger,” Bekciyan said.

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