Following last month’s arson attack of the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, Israeli police made several arrests on Sunday, reported abouna.org.
The Roman Catholic Church, located in Tabgha on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, is built where Christian tradition holds that Jesus miraculously multiplied a few loaves and fishes to feed the 5,000 people who came to hear Him preach. The modern church was built on the remains of a fifth-century Byzantine church. Local sources report that more than 5,000 people visit the Church daily.
According to police, the Israeli police unit that deals with crimes committed by Jewish settlers in the West Bank led the investigations. The authorities reportedly did not respond to how many people were arrested this weekend.
Following the attack, the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land released a statement, strongly condemning the act. (D.C.L.)