They are trying to save the holiest site in Christendom: “We don’t know what we will find.”
“The work will finally begin, and it is past time,” said the Rev. Peter Vasko, president of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.
“The place is falling apart,” he said.
Vasko recalled the first time he prayed over the covered tomb as a young priest and trembled with the realization, “I am not worthy.”
“This is the real thing,” Vasko said. “It is not a holy place. It is the holy place.”