JERUSALEM (AP) - A clergyman from the church built on the site where Jesus Christ is said to have been crucified says the church's bank account has been frozen as the result of a longstanding dispute with an Israeli water company.
Greek Orthodox priest Father Isidoros Fakitsas said Friday that the move has impaired the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to pay bills and salaries. He said it is considering closing for a day in protest, shutting the doors to one of Christianity's most popular pilgrimage sites.
The account was blocked two weeks ago, Fakitsas said, and lawyers were hired to address the matter in court.
The company, which could not immediately be reached for comment, demands the church pay for its water — charges from which it has been exempt for decades.
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