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Fire breaks out at Bethlehem's Church of Nativity

Published: 05.27.14, 14:51 / Israel News

A curtain has caught fire at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site of Jesus' birthplace.


Father Ibrahim Faltas ruled out arson, saying a candle tipped over and set off a small fire that caused minor damage Tuesday.


Just two days earlier, Pope Francis visited the site during his three-day visit to the Holy Land.


The Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem is built over the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born. It is one of the holiest sites in Christianity. (AP)


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