Depths of despair: Historic Christian Community In Jerusalem Disappearing

I think that the Pope’s visit to Jerusalem might do some good…like showing the hypocrisy of Christian Zionism:

I will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to ask the Lord, while visiting the places sanctified by His earthly life, for the precious gift of unity and peace for the Middle East and for all humanity,” Pope Benedict XVI said when he announced his visit to Israel and the region (his visit includes Jordan and the Palestinian territories).

However, as well as his pilgrimage for “unity and peace,” the pope will also have to deal with business closer to home – the state of the Christian community in the Holy Land and, in particular, its dwindling presence in Jerusalem.

In 1946, two years before the State of Israel was established, the Christian community of Jerusalem numbered some 31,000, or 20 percent of the population. Today, Christians account for 2% of the capital’s population, or some 14,000 people, including monks and clergymen from abroad.

“On top of its demographic impoverishment, the Christian community in Jerusalem suffers from an internal split,” explains Dr. Amnon Ramon of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, the author of extensive studies on the Christian communities in Israel. “The Catholic community is the largest, with some 4,500 people, followed by the Greek Orthodox with 3,500 and the Armenian community, numbering some 1,500. The various Protestant communities number around 850; the Coptic-Syrians, some 250; and the Ethiopian community in the capital numbers some 60,” he says.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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