Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes survives Jewish extremist attack - Celebrates first Mass in 2 years
FREE Catholic Classes
After eight months and about $1 million, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee has finally been renovated.
The Church of the Loaves and Fish has reopened (Bettina & Dominique Zygmont/Flickr).
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Two of the church's immaculate rooms were badly vandalized by fire in June 2015.
The three Jewish extremists, who were responsible for the graffiti and arson attack, were indicted but have yet to be sentenced.
Their actions were termed a hate crime against Israel's minority community, prompting Christians in the region to stand firm together.
The church, which is the site believed to be where Christ performed the miracle of multiplying loaves of bread and fish to feed the masses, was finally opened after two years of renovations.
The walls had been covered with graffiti and fires had destroyed much of the church's beautiful mosaic floors, which were created some time in the 5th century.
President Reuvan Rivlin and his wife attended the church's first special Mass on Sunday, where he stated: "We stand up for religious freedom because, as a people, we know very well what it means to suffer religious persecution.
The famous floor mosaic of the church dates back tot he 5th century (BibleWalks).
"And we stand up for religious freedom because we are a democratic state - who believe in the rights for everyone to worship God according to their belief.
"The last time I was here, we stood together and looked at the burnt walls and the terrible graffiti. Today, I visit here again and see the renewal of this historic, special, and holy place.
"I want to thank all the people who worked hard to restore this place, and to say clearly; that hate cannot win....We are all equal before God, and equal before the law."
When the attack occurred, there was extensive damage to the building but, luckily, much survived.
Heinz Thiel, the secretary general of the German Association of the Holy Land, which owns the church, reported about $394,000 of the reconstruction was donated by Israel and, though the amount was less than they hoped, the church was able to complete its renovations within two years.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2018
Priests and their Pastoral Ministry. That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.
At least seven Coptic Christians were killed and 12 more injured in Egypt when a bus traveling to a desert monastery south of Cairo was ... continue reading
The possibility of mass starvation in Yemen continues as a military engagement over a major port city could block food and other aid for ... continue reading
Catholic Relief Services is among the 18 international organizations ordered closed by Pakistan's new government without explanation. The ... continue reading
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church seems on the verge of achieving independent status, a development straining ties between the Patriarchs of ... continue reading
Authorities are investigating Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar after a Kerala nun accused him of raping her in 2014 and sexually abusing ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Monday, November 19th, 2018 HD Video
- Prayer Requests Live for Friday, November 16th, 2018 HD Video
- Algerian martyrs are models for the Church, archbishop says
- Pope Francis visits the poor at mobile clinic in St Peter's Square
- After shocking theft, heart of Irish saint returns home
- Daily Readings for Sunday, November 18, 2018
- St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: Saint of the Day for Sunday, November ...
- Daily Reading for Sunday, November 18th, 2018 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Thursday, November 15th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, November 17th, 2018 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education