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Rival Catholic sects brawl in holy site

Jerusalem police were forced to intervene during a ceremonial procession of rival catholic factions on Sunday, when fighting broke out in what is considered one of the holiest sites in Isreal, according to CNN.

Monks, of both Greek orthodoxy and Armenian denominations, were intersecting at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City, during a ceremony when a disagreement broke out and fighting ensued.

Greek members, insisting that one of their monks be present during the ceremony, were refuted by Armenian clear. It wasn't until Greek monks blockaded the Armeninan's march to an edifice, believed to be set atop Jesus' tomb, that fighting broke out.

"We were keeping resistance so that the procession could not pass through ... and establish a right that they don't have," said a young Greek Orthodox monk, according to USAToday.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police were forced to intervene after fighting was reported. They arrested two monks, one from each side, he said.

Squabbling among monks, within the Church, is far from a rare occurence, according to Israeli police spokesman.

Disagreements over where to put a much needed fire exit and the exclusive property rights over a ladder that stands withing the church are just a few of the myriad issues.


http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-11-09-monks-brawl_N.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/11/09/israel.brawling.monks/index.html