Denver Post, Colorado
Dec 29 2011


Battle of the brooms as monks feud over cleaning Church of the Nativity

Posted: 12/29/2011 01:00:00 AM MSTDenver Post Wire Report


BETHLEHEM, West Bank - The annual cleaning of one of Christianity's
holiest churches deteriorated into a brawl between rival clergy
Wednesday, as dozens of monks feuding over sacred space at the Church
of the Nativity battled one another with brooms until police
intervened.

Wednesday's fight erupted between Greek Orthodox and Armenian clergy,
with both sides accusing the other of encroaching on parts of the
church to which they lay claim.

Denver Post wire services

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