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Christian World News - November 4, 2016

This week on Christian World News: Iraqi troops fight tirelessly to break the ISIS stronghold in Mosul, but what does the future hold for the country's Christians? Plus, a World War II hero’s story comes to the big screen. The real-life ... Read Transcript


Wendy: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

IRAQI TROOPS FIGHT

TIRELESSLY TO BREAK THE

ISIS STRONGHOLD IN MOSUL,

BUT WHAT DOES THE FUTURE

HOLD FOR THE COUNTRY'S

CHRISTIANS THERE?

> PLUS, WORLD WAR II

HERO, THE BIG SCREEN STORY

OF THE REAL LIFE STORY

WHO'S FAITH INSPIRED HIM

TO RESCUE MORE THAN 70 MEN

FROM THE BATTLE FIELD

WITHOUT EVER TOUCHING A

WEAPON.

> AND...FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN CENTURIES,

RESEARCHERS GO INSIDE THE

PLACE BELIEVED TO BE

JESUS' BURIAL TOMB.

WE'LL SHOW YOU THIS

HISTORIC SITE.

> WELCOME TO "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

MY CO-ANCHOR, GEORGE

THOMAS, IS ON ASSIGNMENT.

IT HAS BEEN A BIG WEEK FOR

CHRISTIANS IN NORTHERN

IRAQ.

IRAQI TROOPS LIBERATED

SEVERAL VILLAGES AND TOWNS

ON THE WAY TO MOSUL,

INCLUDING KIRAKUSH, THE

BIGGEST CHRISTIAN TOWN ON

THE NINEVEH PLAINS.

THE FIRST CHURCH SERVICE

WAS HELD IN THAT TOWN

SINCE ISIS TOOK IT OVER

TWO YEARS AGO.

AND ANXIOUSLY AWAITING TO

SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT.

MANY ARE BALANCING LIFE

BETWEEN A HORRIFIC PAST

AND I WASN'T UNCERTAIN

FUTURE.

Chris: WHEN ISIS

SWEPT THROUGH NORTHERN

IRAQ IN THE SUMMER OF

2014, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

CHRISTIANS RAN FOR THEIR

LIVES.

AFTER FLEEING MOSUL AND

SURROUNDING VILLAGES,

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS

MADE THEIR WAY HERE TO

IRBIL.

130 FAMILIES LIVE IN THIS

COMPLEX, RUN BY THE

CALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

IT IS A CHALLENGING LIFE

SINCE THREE FAMILIES SHARE

JUST ONE APARTMENT.

WE MET WITH ATHERA AND HER

THREE DAUGHTERS, WHO

ESCAPED THE ISIS RAMPAGE.

Through Translator:

WE WERE SCARED AND AFRAID

AND FELT WORRIED ABOUT

THIS BECAUSE WE HAD HEARD

THAT ISIS KIDNAPPED MANY

WOMEN AND KILLED MANY

WOMEN, TOO.

SO WE WERE VERY AFRAID.

Chris: THEY NOW LIVE

IN SAFE BUT CROWDED

CONDITIONS, WHERE FIVE

FAMILY MEMBERS SLEEP IN

ONE ROOM.

SHE AND HER DAUGHTERS

PREPARED A MEAL FOR US,

AND WE ASKED WHAT SHE

WOULD SAY TO A MOTHER IN

THE UNITED STATES?

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

WE TOLD THEM THAT WE WANT

A QUIET LIFE.

WE NEED A SAFE LIFE FOR US

AND FOR OUR CHILDREN.

AND WE ASK YOU TO LIBERATE

MOSUL SO WE CAN GO BACK TO

OUR HOME.

WHAT WE NEED FROM ALL

PEOPLE IN THE WORLD IS TO

GO BACK TO OUR VILLAGE AND

LIVE A NORMAL LIFE, LIKE

PEOPLE ARE LIVING.

THE BIG CHALLENGE IS,

WHAT'S OUR FUTURE?

ARE WE GOING TO STAY HERE?

ARE WE GOING TO GO BACK?

Chris: FATHER MARTIN

HELPS TO LEAD THIS GROUP.

HE SAYS THEY LOST THEIR

HOMES BUT NOT THEIR FAITH.

YEAH, OF COURSE, THEY

ARE AFRAID.

MAYBE THEY ARE EMPOWERED

BY THESE DIFFICULTIES.

EVERY TIME THEY ARE

PRAYING.

AND THEY'RE ALSO PRAYING

FOR ISIS, TO GOD HAVE

MERCY ON THEM, TO MAKE

THEM A GOOD PEOPLE.

THEY ARE PRAYING FOR THEM.

Chris: THAT ACT IS

JUST ONE PART OF THEIR

FAITH.

MARTIN SEES THE CHRISTIANS

OF IRAQ AS ITS SALT.

SO WE CAN TAKE, LIKE, A

SALT, TO GIVE TEST FOR THE

FOOD.

WE CAN GIVE A TEST FOR

THIS COUNTRY.

THEY CAN SEE WE HAVE HOPE,

WE HAVE CHARITY, BECAUSE

WE ARE LIVING FOR THE GUY

WE CALL JESUS CHRIST.

Chris: FATHER

MARTIN'S CHURCH GAVE HIM

THE CHOICE TO LIVE IN SAN

DIEGO WITH HIS FAMILY.

INSTEAD, HE CHOSE TO

RETURN TO IRAQ AND HIS

PEOPLE.

YOU DON'T ESCAPE FROM

THE PROBLEM.

TO FACE THE PROBLEM, YOU

CAN SOLVE IT.

BUT IT WILL TAKE A LONG

TIME.

THAT'S WHAT JESUS TOLD US.

HE CHANGED THE WHOLE WORLD

FROM JERUSALEM.

Chris: FATHER MARTIN

AND THOUSANDS OF OTHERS IN

NORTHERN IRAQ WANT FELLOW

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD TO PRAY FOR FREEDOM

FROM ISIS AND A RETURN TO

THE LIFE THEY SEEK TO

REGAIN.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

IRBIL, NORTHERN IRAQ.

Wendy: THANKS, CHRIS.

> MANY CHRISTIAN

REFUGEES FROM IRAQ AND

SYRIA DON'T BELIEVE THEY

CAN EVER GO HOME.

THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES

AMERICA SHOULD ACCEPT HAS

BEEN VERY CONTROVERSIAL.

ONE EXPERT SUGGESTS THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD GET

TO DECIDE WHICH REFUGEES

AND HOW MANY ARE LET IN.

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT

JENNIFER WISHON EXPLAINS.

Jennifer: THE UNITED

STATES HAS NOW WELCOMED

MORE THAN 13,000 REFUGEES

FLEEING SYRIA.

AMID ALL OF THE CONCERNS

ABOUT RADICAL ISLAMIC

INFILTRATORS, SOME SUGGEST

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD

HAVE A SAY IN WHO GETS IN.

IT IS OUR COUNTRY.

IT IS OUR HOUSE.

WE DECIDE TO WHOM TO OPEN

THE DOORS.

WE DECIDE TO WHOM TO OFFER

A MEAL AND MAYBE A

BEDROOM.

I THINK THAT SHOULD GO

WITHOUT SAYING, BUT IT

DOESN'T.

Jennifer: IN HIS

RECENT ARTICLE "COMING TO

AMERICA," MAY WRITES HE

DISAGREES WITH THOSE WHO

WANT TO CLOSE OFF

AMERICA'S BORDERS

COMPLETELY, BUT THINKS

PRIORITIZING WHO GETS TO

COME IN IS SMART POLICY.

ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU

CONSIDER OF THE FIRST

11,000 SYRIANS INVITED TO

LIVE IN AMERICA, ONLY 56

OF THEM ARE CHRISTIAN.

BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS

AND THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION HAVE

RECOGNIZED THAT GENOCIDE

IS TAKING PLACE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

THEY HAVE DESIGNATED THERE

ARE VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE.

GENOCIDE MEANS WHOLE

COMMUNITIES BEING TARGETED

FOR EXTERMINATION.

IT SEEMS ONCE YOU AGREE

AND UNDERSTAND THESE

COMMUNITIES ARE FACING

GENOCIDE, YOU NEED TO

PRIORITIZE THOSE VICTIMS.

THAT MEANS THEY GET TO THE

FRONT OF THE LINE.

Jennifer: IT IS AN

ACTION THAT RUNS COUNTER.

COUNTER

TO THE U.S. POLICY.

INSTEAD, THE U.S. HAS

DESIGNATED CHRISTIANS IN

SYRIA AND NORTHERN IRAQ AS

SUFFERING, BUT TOLD THEM

THEY'LL HAVE TO GET IN

LINE.

THEY'RE AFRAID TO GO TO

THE CAMPS THE U.N. HAS SET

UP.

IT IS NOT THE U.N.'S FAULT

EXACTLY, BUT THEY ARE NOT

PROTECTED IN THOSE CAMPS

FROM CRIMINAL GANGS AND

FROM OTHER PEOPLE IN THE

CAMPS WHO MAY BE HOSTILE

TO CHRISTIANS FOR ALL

SORTS OF REASONS.

Jennifer: IN THE

MEANTIME, ALLOWING MORE

CHRISTIAN REFUGEES COULD

GIVE AMERICANS PEACE OF

MIND.

al-QAEDA, THE ISLAMIC

STATE, THESE ARE NOT EQUAL

OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS.

THEY DO NOT EMPLOY

CHRISTIANS.

SO CHRISTIANS ARE NOT

GOING TO COME HERE IN

ORDER TO BECOME SUICIDE

BOMBERS FOR ISIS OR

AL-QAEDA.

Jennifer: THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN

THE MIDDLE EAST NOW UNDER

ATTACK HAVE SURVIVED

CENTURIES OF HARDSHIP.

AND MAY SAYS THE IDEA THAT

THEY COULD BE WIPED OUT IN

A GENERATION IS TERRIBLE.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Wendy: THANKS,

JENNIFER.

> COMING UP, EVERY DAY

CHRISTIANS ARE KILLED

SIMPLY FOR BELIEVING IN

JESUS.

SEE HOW BELIEVERS AROUND

THE WORLD ARE UNITING IN

FAITH AND PRAYER.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE,

MORE THAN 7,000 CHRISTIANS

DIED FOR THEIR FAITH.

THAT'S WHY MINISTRIES LIKE

THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS

ARE CALLING ON THE GLOBAL

CHURCH TO PRAY ON TWO

SUNDAYS THIS MONTH,

NOVEMBER 7th AND

NOVEMBER 14th.

V.O.M. HAS PRODUCED A

VIDEO FOR CHURCHES TO SHOW

IN THOSE SERVICES, CALLED

SORROW AND TRIUMPH.

IT IS THE STORY OF ONE

SOUTH AFRICAN MISSIONARY

IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHO

PAID A HIGH PRICE FOR HER

FAITH.

HE WHO DWELLS IN THE

SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST

HIGH SHALL ABIDE UNDER THE

SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY.

I WILL SAY OF THE LORD, HE

IS MY REFUGE AND MY

FORTRESS, MY GOD.

IN HIM I WILL REST.

WE RECEIVED THIS

SCHOOLING FROM THE LORD,

THAT THE LORD HAS GOT A

PURPOSE FOR US AS A

FAMILY, TO LIVE OUT A LIFE

FOR HIM, A LIFE WITH THE

AFRICANS, TO SERVE, AND

HERE WE ARE.

WE WANT TO DO WHATEVER IS

GOOD IN YOUR PURPOSE.

SO IT WAS A NORMAL DAY FOR

US.

AND HE WAS TEACHING THAT

MORNING.

FOR THE CHILDREN, THERE IS

THIS HUNGER FOR THE LORD.

AND THEY ARE GROWING.

THEY ARE GROWING IN THEIR

FAITH, DAY BY DAY.

AND IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE

THEIR MOM AND EXPERIENCE

HOW THEY ARE GROWING.

AND LIVING THEIR LIVES FOR

THE LORD IN A PLACE LIKE

AFGHANISTAN.

THE MOST THING A PARENT

CAN DO FOR HIS CHILD IS TO

BRING HIM UP IN THE LORD'S

WAY SO HE CAN HAVE A

LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH

THE LORD AND LIVE A LIFE

FOR THAT PURPOSE.

I'VE ASKED MYSELF MANY

TIMES IN THE PAST, LORD,

IS THIS REALLY WHERE YOU

WANT US?

BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE

DIFFICULTIES.

WE CAN LOSE OUR LIVES ANY

TIME FOR THE LORD.

WHEN I LOOK BACK, I KNOW

HE WILL NOT TAKE US TO A

PLACE LIKE AFGHANISTAN AND

JUST DUMP US THERE AND HE

DOESN'T HAVE A PLAN AND A

PURPOSE FOR US.

SO I KNOW 100%, AND WE ARE

OBBEENOBEDIENT TO THE CALLING.

I WOULD TELL MY

CHILDREN, YOU WILL FACE A

VERY DIFFICULT DAY TODAY,

AND I'M NOT GOING TO BE

THERE TO HELP YOU.

AND DADDY IS ALSO NOT

GOING TO BE THERE TO HELP

YOU.

BUT JESUS IS GOING TO BE

THERE TO HELP YOU THROUGH

IT.

HE WILL BE THERE.

HE PROMISED HE WILL NOT

LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US.

[TELEPHONE RINGS]

I BELIEVE THAT WE'RE

GLORIFYING HIM.

AND HE IS WAITING FOR ME

TO FINISH THE RACE AS

WELL.

Wendy: HARD TO WATCH.

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN WORK

WITH VOICE OF THE MARTYR

AND OTHER GROUPS TO HELP

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH.

AND, OF COURSE, PRAY ON

NOVEMBER 7th AND

NOVEMBER 14th FOR THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH.

JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT

cbnnews.com.

> COMING UP, SEE THE

MOVIE MEL GIBSON SAYS IS A

COMPANION PIECE TO "BRAVE

HEART," WITH A TWIST OF

FAITH.

Wendy: MEL GIBSON'S

FILM, "HACKSAW RIDGE," IS

MAKING HEADLINES IN THE

ENTERTAINMENT WORLD.

IT IS BASED ON THE TRUE

STORY OF DESMOND DOSS, A

MAN OF FAITH WHO JOINED

THE MILITARY DURING WORLD

WAR II, AND A MAN WHO'S

FAITH ENCOURAGED HIM NOT

TO CARRY A WEAPON.

WE SAT DOWN WITH HIM TO

HAVE A LOOK AT "HACKSAW

RIDGE."

HOW COME YOU DON'T

FIGHT?

YOU THINK YOU'RE BETTER

THAN THIS?

NO.

WHAT IF YOU WAS

ATTACKED?

WHOA!

LIKE THAT.

THE BIBLE SAYS TO TURN THE

OTHER CHEEK, DON'T IT?

Efrem: "HACKSAW

RIDGE" IS THE HEROIC STORY

OF DESMOND DOSS, A MEDIC

WHO RESCUED 70 MEN FROM

WORLD WAR II, AND HE DID

IT WITHOUT A SINGLE

WEAPON.

FICTION IS NOWHERE NEAR

THE TRUTH.

WE SHOULD ALL HOPE WE HAVE

THAT KIND OF STRENGTH AND

COURAGE.

IT JUST SPOKE TO MY

HEART.

I REALLY DUG THE STORY.

TEARDROPS ON PAGE 94.

Efrem: OSCAR WINNER

MEL GIBSON DIRECTS THE

FILM.

HIS FIRST IN 10 YEARS.

WOULD YOU CALL THIS A

COMPANION PIECE TO "BRAVE

HEART."

IN A SENSE.

BUT IT HAS EVOLVED BECAUSE

IT IS MORE ABOUT LOVE THAN

WAR.

I THANK GOD FOR LETTING

ME DO MY PART IN THIS WAR,

AND SAVING THE LIVES OF MY

FELLOW MEN.

Efrem: DOSS, WHO

RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF

HONOR, IS A LIVING STORY

FOR GOD, HIS COUNTRY, AND

HIS WIFE, DOROTHY.

THEY'RE SAYING YOU

COULD GO TO PRISON.

I DON'T KNOW HOW I

COULD LIVE WITH MYSELF IF

I DON'T STAY TRUE TO MY

BELIEFS.

IT IS JUST THEIR

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE BETWEEN

THEM.

THE LOVE FEELS SO PURE AND

INNOCENT, AND I THINK IT

IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM

SOME OF THE ROMANCES WE

SEE THESE DAYS, WHERE IT

IS ABSENT.

Efrem: I KNOW YOU DID

A LOT OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN

DURING THAT TIME PERIOD.

WHAT DID YOU FIND OUT?

I ACTUALLY DID A LOT OF

RESEARCH -- MORE

SPECIFICALLY ON DOROTHY.

THERE IS HARDLY ANY

FOOTAGE OF HER, BUT THE

FEW THINGS I DID SEE, I

SAW HOW SHE WALKS WITH

SUCH GRACE AND ELEGANCE.

AND SHE IS A WOMAN OF

GREAT FAITH.

PRIVATE DOSS, YOU ARE

FREE TO RUN INTO THE HELL

FIRE OF BATTLE WITHOUT A

SINGLE WEAPON TO PROTECT

YOURSELF.

Efrem: HE GOES INTO

BATTLE WITH ONLY HIS FAITH

IN GOD AND HIS BIBLE AS A

WEAPON.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

RIGHT.

THAT IS THE QUESTION.

AND I THINK IT IS

MYSTERIOUS, DEEPLY

MYSTERIOUS.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF HE

KNEW HOW HE DID IT.

THE WAY I SEE IT, AND THE

WAY I THINK MEL FRAMED IT

FOR US, IS THAT YOU FEEL

HE HAS NO CHOICE.

HE DOESN'T ACTUALLY HAVE A

CHOICE IN THE MATTER.

THERE IS A CALLING.

HE ASKED, ON TOP OF THE

RIDGE -- HE PAUSES AND

TAKES A SECOND, AS YOU SEE

IN THE FILM, AND HE ASKS,

WHAT DO YOU WANT OF ME.

HE IS TUNING IN TO THE

VOICE OF HIS GOD.

WHEREVER YOU WANT ME.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

JUST DISCOVERING THAT

THIS IS A MAN THAT LIVED

WAS A SURPRISE IN ITS

ENTIRETY.

IT'S A LITTLE LATE FOR

TARGET PRACTICE NOW, DON'T

YOU THINK?

Efrem: HOW WOULD YOU

DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED TO

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN

SERGEANT HOWELL AND

DESMOND OVER THE COURSE OF

THEIR TIME TOGETHER.

I THINK SERGEANT HOWELL

STARTS FROM A PLACE OF HIS

OWN FAITH AND CONVICTION.

SO I THINK I RECOGNIZED MY

CHARACTER VERY EARLY, THAT

HE IS AUTHENTIC, BUT IT IS

IN ABSOLUTE COLLISION WITH

MY BELIEF SYSTEM.

WE'RE GOING TO WAR.

IT IS NOT A GOOD FIT FOR

SOMEONE WHO IS NOT

PREPARED TO CARRY A GUN OR

DEFEND HIS BROTHERS IN THE

FOX HOLE.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT OUR

RELATIONSHIP IS THAT THERE

IS A SENSITIVE HUMOR,

WHERE YOU REALIZE THERE IS

NO APOLOGY NEEDED.

WE KIND OF GOD WHO EACH

OTHER WAS.

AND WE'RE JUST BOTH

LOOKING AT EACH OTHER IN

THIS ODYSSEY WAYS AND

ENJOYING EACH OTHER.

BUT THERE IS SOMETHING --

WITHOUT GIVING TOO MUCH

AWAY -- WHERE HE COMES FOR

ME WHERE WE BOTH KIND OF

PROTECT EACH OTHER.

MY PHILOSOPHY DOES SORT OF

SAVE HIM, AND HIS

PHILOSOPHY HELPS SAVE ME.

THERE IS A BEAUTY IN THAT

YING AND YANG THAT COMES

TOGETHER.

Wendy: IT IS A GREAT

MOVIE.

WHEN WE COME BACK, MEL

GIBSON SITS DOWN WITH ME

AND TELLS ME ABOUT THE

SEQUEL TO "THE PASSION OF

THE CHRIST."

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

CENTURIES, SCIENTISTS GO

INSIDE A SITE BELIEVED TO

BE THE TOMB OF JESUS.

STAY WITH US.

Wendy: WELL, YOU JUST

SAW OUR STORY ABOUT MEL

GIBSON'S NEW MOVIE,

"HACKSAW RIDGE," BUT THERE

IS ANOTHER MOVIE CLOSE TO

GIBSON'S HEART THAT HE IS

BUSY WORKING ON.

I RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH

THE STAR IN NEW YORK CITY

TO FIND OUT MORE.

IT IS NO SECRET YOU ARE

WORKING ON A SEQUEL TO

"THE PASSION OF THE

CHRIST."

IT IS CALLED "THE

RESURRECTION," BECAUSE YOU

CAN'T DO THE PASSION

AGAIN.

IT WILL BE INTERESTING,

WHAT WE COME UP WITH.

Wendy: I READ

SOMEWHERE THAT YOU'RE

PLANNING TO DO SOMETHING

VERY CREATIVE -- WELL

CREATIVE LICENSE, OF

COURSE, YOU HAVE TO --

WITH THE RESURRECTION.

SURE.

I'M WORKING WITH RANDALL

WALLACE.

AND WE'VE BEEN

CHIN-WAGGING ABOUT IT A

LOT.

THERE IS A LOT OF THEOLOGY

ATTACHED TO THIS EVENT.

IT IS A PRETTY BIG DEAL.

WHO GETS KILLED IN PUBLIC

AND GETS UP THREE DAYS

LATER AND APPEARS TO

PEOPLE EVERYWHERE?

NOBODY EVER DID THAT.

Wendy: GIBSON SAYS

THE SEQUEL, WHICH WILL BE

CALLED "THE RESURRECTION,"

IS STILL YEARS AWAY FROM

HITTING THE BIG SCREEN.

YOU CAN SEE MY FULL

INTERVIEW WITH MEL GIBSON

AT cbn.com.

> FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

CENTURIES, RESEARCHERS

HAVE UNCOVERED WHAT IS

BELIEVED TO BE JESUS' TOMB

INSIDE THE CHURCH OF THE

HOLY SEPULCHRE.

CHRIS MITCHELL TAKES US TO

THE HEART OF JERUSALEM OLD

CITY WHERE A MAJOR

RESTORATION IS UNDER WAY

INSIDE THE 4th CENTURY

CHURCH.

Chris: THIS NATIONAL

GEOGRAPHIC VIDEO SHOWS

WORKMEN UNCOVERING THE

MARBLE SLAB OVER THE TOMB

ON OCTOBER 26th.

AS THE VIDEO SAYS, THE

MODEST TOMB HAS NEVER

BEFORE BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED,

AND NO DRAWINGS EXIST.

IT REPORTED

CONSERVATIONALISTS WERE

SURPRISED TO FIND

SOMETHING THEIR

INSTRUMENTS DIDN'T DETECT,

A LAYER OF DEBRIS BENEATH

THE MARBLE COVER.

THEN UNDERNEATH THE

DEBRIS, THEY FOUND ANOTHER

MARBLE SLAB WITH A CROSS

CARVED INTO ITS SURFACE.

THEN THEY SAW THE ORIGINAL

BURIAL BED.

EMPEROR CONSTANTINE

ORDERED THE CHURCH BUILT

IN THE FOURTH CENTURY.

HIS MOTHER CAME HERE TO

DISCOVER THE TOMB WHERE

JESUS WAS BURIED.

THE ROMAN EMPEROR IN THE

SECOND CENTURY BUILT A

TEMPLE HERE TO APHRODITE.

THE EXAMINATION OF THE

TOMB IS PART OF A

RESTORATION PROJECT.

WORKERS ARE PREPARING THE

STRUCTURE KNOWN AS THE

EDICULE, WHICH MEANS

LITTLE HOUSE.

IT WAS BUILT TO PROTECT

THE TOMB.

THE LAST REPAIR WORK DONE

ON THE EDICULE TOOK PLACE

OVER 200 YEARS AGO.

THIS PROFESSOR LEADS THE

RESTORATION, AND TOLD CBN

NEWS EARLIER THIS YEAR

ABOUT THE PROJECT.

WE WILL REMOVE THE

MARBLE SLAB, THE STONE

SLABS.

WE WILL INJECT GROUT TO

MODERNIZE THE COMPLEX

STRUCTURE.

THAT MEANS THAT WE DEVELOP

A UNIFIED STRUCTURE, THAT

ALL OF THE LAYERS WILL

BEHAVE STRUCTURALLY AS

ONE.

AND UPON COMPLETION, AFTER

REPAIRING HER WITH NEW

COMPOSITE, WE WILL

RE-ADJUST THE STONE SLABS

WITH TITANIUM.

Chris: THIS MAN IS A

GREEK CIVIL ENGINEER.

I'M VERY EXCITED.

BECAUSE I'M A CHRISTIAN

ORTHODOX, AND I'M WORKING

IN GREECE.

AND THERE ARE MOMENTS LIKE

THIS -- THIS IS

SPECIALIZED WORK, VERY

SPECIALIZED WORK.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT I CAN

GO DO SOMETHING BIGGER

THAN THIS.

EACH ONE OF US IN FRONT

OF THE HOLY TOMB SEES THE

VALUES OF THE HOLY TOMB.

AND THE HOLY TOMB IS THE

MOST SACRED PLACE IN THE

WORLD.

IT GIVES THE MESSAGE OF

HIS RESURRECTION.

Chris: NATIONAL

GEOGRAPHIC PREPARES TO

SHOW MORE THIS MONTH.

THE RESTORATION SHOULD BE

COMPLETED SOME TIME NEXT

YEAR.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY

SEPULCHRE, JERUSALEM.

Wendy: THANKS SO

MUCH, CHRIS.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US THIS WEEK.

DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW US

ON TWITTER OR Facebook.

IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR

FROM YOU.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL

OF US HERE AT "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," HAVE A GREAT

WEEKEND.

GOOD-BYE, AND AS ALWAYS,

GOD BLESS YOU.

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