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Saving the Holy SepulchreHow Rival Christians Came Together to Rescue Their Holiest Shrine$
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Raymond Cohen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189667

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189667.001.0001

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The Keys

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(p.181) Chapter Twelve The Keys
Saving the Holy Sepulchre

Raymond Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Six-Day War on the restoration work at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The announcement that the war had started came in the morning of June 5, 1967 and the workers at the Holy Sepulchre decided to place important materials and equipment in a safer place. When paratroopers entered the Old City in June 7, the church was spared from any harm. Jerusalem was later captured and Pope Paul VI proposed that Jerusalem be declared an open city and a refuge for the defenseless and the wounded. On June 26, he proposed that the city have its own internationally guaranteed statute and on July 1, the United Nations (UN) observer called for an international regime for the protection of Jerusalem and its holy places.

Keywords:   Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Six-Day War, church restoration, Pope Paul VI, United Nations, holy places

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