BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A fire broke out Tuesday at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, causing slight damage near the place where Jesus was thought to have been born.
Father Ibrahim Faltas, a church official, said the fire was accidental. “The curtains around the grotto caught fire from a candle and that is all that happened,” he said. “It was not arson.”
It occurred just a few days after Pope Francis visited the site.