News Brief 9/12/2013, Tishrei 8, 5774
Chief Rabbi Meets Archbishop to Assure a Peaceful Yom Kippur
In the wake of a meeting between Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi David Lau and Elias Chacour, the Archbishop of Nazareth of the Greek Catholic Church, hundreds of police officers who had been scheduled for duty on Yom Kippur are to be relieved of duty for the day. The decision comes after Chacour agreed to instruct congregations under his aegis to restrict public pageants on Saturday.
That day marks both Yom Kippur and the Feast of the Cross, a celebration day in all Christian denominations, especially among Catholics. This is the first time in Israel's history that the two events have coincided.