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Author investigates the authenticity of Holy Sites in Jerusalem

Her research was presented at the European University of Rome where she explained how she examined the first liturgical texts as well as how the archeological investigations were done. RENATA SALVARANI Author , "The Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalemâ? "It is impossible to understand how a Christian community lived, prayed and celebrated the liturgy if we don't know their places of worship. These were constructed so as to pray in the same place Jesus lived His Passion, Death and Resurrection. Her study reviewed all the written sources from the first Christians who believed to know exactly where the Jesus died and where He Resurrected, up until the arrival of the Franciscans, who have been the guardians of the Holy Land for eight centuries. RENATA SALVARANI Author, "The Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalemâ? "This is a rough rocky area, that was specifically for the execution of people. It was also a cemetery.  Above all we know that the area where the Holy Sepulcher is today has been object of uninterrupted devotion and liturgical prayer ever since the first women went to the Sepulcher up to this point.â? REV. NARCISO KLIMAS Director of the Franciscan Archive for Biblical Studies (Jerusalem) "We can see a type of 'uninterrupted chain' from Jesus Christ through His apostles. Back then, oral tradition was put down in writing around the IV and V centuries. We also see a continuous chain of uninterrupted testimonies that serve to dispel doubts about the authenticity of the site.â? Even though the Holy Sepulcher was destroyed in two occasions, it was reconstructed by  Christians from different backgrounds and traditions, since they all understood the importance of preserving the site where Jesus died and Resurrected. OFL@odelafu /JG MG -GDP -PR UP:SCar