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Worshippers pray and walk on their knees to the Our Lady of Fatima shrine, in Fatima, centre Portugal,
years. Every year on May 12 and 13 thousands of Catholic pilgrims arrive to Fatima Sanctuary to attend
Masses and pray in honour of the Virgin Mary, where it is believed she was witnessed by three shepherd
children in 1917. AP PHOTO
MARKING 97 YEARS
JERUSALEM---Hundreds of ultra-
Orthodox Jews gathered Monday near
the reputed scene of Jesus last supper
in Jerusalem demanding that Israel
keep sovereignty over the site where
Pope Francis will celebrate mass.
The pope will visit the Holy Land
from May 24-26 and before returning
site known as the Upper Room or
Cenacle, on Mount Zion near the walls
of the Old City.
Jews revere the site as the tomb of
King David, which is on the ground
floor of the same building. The site is
also important for Muslims.
"As soon as they touch the status
quo of this place, bad things will hap-
pen," said rabbi Avraham Goldstein,
accusing the Israeli government of
wanting to hand the Upper Room over
to the Vatican.
Sovereignty over the Cenacle, which
was renovated by Franciscans in the
14th century before the group was
forced out, is a highly sensitive issue.
It is currently part of negotiations
between Israel and the Vatican which
hopes to recover the site.
Tradition says it is where Jesus had
his last supper with the disciples, before
his arrest and crucifixion.
It is also where the Gospels say the
Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost, 50
days after Easter.
Israeli President Shimon Peres told
an Italian newspaper during a visit to
the Vatican last April that a compromise
had been reached on the Cenacle, and
that "99 per cent" of the issues con-
cerning the site had been addressed.
However, no official agreement has
"When the crusaders come here
making the sign of the cross and all
kinds of rituals, this place will become
idolatrous for us, and we will not have
the right to pray there any more," ultra-
Orthodox Jewish protester Yitzhak Bat-
zon told AFP.
Ultra-Orthodox protesters are plan-
ning another demonstration there on
May 22---just three days before the pope
is due to arrive in Jerusalem. (AFP)
Orthodox Jews protest at
disputed Jerusalem site
A US underwater investigator says
he believes he has found the wreck of
the Santa Maria, the flagship of
Christopher Columbus s famed expe-
dition, wrecked in a storm off the coast
of Haiti more than 500 years ago.
Barry Clifford said evidence "strongly
suggests" a ruin off Haiti s north coast
is the Santa Maria.
Clifford s team has measured and
taken photos of the wreck.
Its wreckage had been located a
decage ago by an expedition team led
by Clifford but at that time the vessel s
identity was not confirmed.
But through further data analysis
taken from dives to the site earlier this
month and re-examination of those
photographs taken in 2003, the findings
have allowed Clifford to name the
wreckage as Santa Maria.
He says he is working with the Haitian
government to protect the site for a
more detailed investigation.
The Santa Maria, along with the La
Nina and La Pinta, were part of Colum-
bus s expedition in 1492, which explored
islands in the Caribbean in an attempt
to find a westward passage to Asia.
The flagship was lost during the expe-
dition, shortly before Columbus returned
to Spain. (BBC)
Replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, sail
past the Statue of Liberty 26 June 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of
Columbus' landing in the Americas. AFP PHOTO
Santa Maria wreck 'found'
• The Santa Maria left Spain in
August 1492, along with La Pinta
and La Nina, sailing westward
• It was the largest ship in the
expedition, measuring about
117ft (36m) long
• The ship ran aground on a
reef near present-day Haiti on
Christmas Day, 1492
• Columbus reportedly told his
crew to strip timbers from the
ship to build an outpost or fort
nearby, leaving sailors behind
while he returned to Spain
• The fort, known as La
Navidad, was found destroyed
upon Columbus's return to the
island he called Hispanola
• The much smaller vessels
Nina and Pinta managed to find
their way back to the Old World.
Their whereabouts remain
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