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Bethlehem Nativity Church reopens after coronavirus closure

The church, built over the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, was closed on March 5 as the first cases of the virus were reported in the West Bank.

The church is one of Christianity’s most sacred shrines and the closure came ahead of the busy Easter holiday season that typically draws tens of thousands of visitors and worshipers.

Bishop Theophylactos, a Greek Orthodox cleric, calls the reopening a day of celebration for Bethlehem since “all the people now can enter the church and pray like before.”

Source: TOI — AP