The March 22 agreement (between the Catholic Church and the Armenian and Greek churches) calls for a $3.4 million renovation to begin next month, after Orthodox Easter celebrations. Each religious group will contribute one-third of the costs, and a Greek bank contributed 50,000 euros, or $57,000, for the scaffolding, in return for having its name emblazoned across the machinery.
The idea is to peel away hundreds of years of the shrine’s history, clean it and put it back together.—April 6 NYT
The Latin community carries out Eucharistic celebrations inside the Edicule (or Aedicule) each morning between 04.30 and 07.45 (standard time).—Custodia Terræ Sanctæ
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AD 2016 May — Work begins on restoration of Aedicule.