Neymar Père, father of football superstar and Brazil forward, Neymar Jr, has visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem in Israel.
In a moment of mutual stardom, he took pictures with the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa.
Neymar Père posted photos from his visit on his verified Instagram page earlier this week.
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Newsbreak.ng reports that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is one of the holiest sites in Christianity.
In fact, the church’s keys are reportedly held by two Muslim families.
The church’s history goes back to the fourth century, when Roman emperor Constantine, newly converted to Christianity, sent his mother Helena to Jerusalem to locate places and things associated with the life and death of Jesus Christ.
It is the spot where she found the True Cross, a sign that this must have been Golgotha.
The place of Jesus’ burial was identified nearby. Constantine razed the pagan temple built there by his predecessor Hadrian and erected a church on the spot. The first which was commissioned by a Roman emperor was consecrated in the year 335.
Interestingly, the keys to the church building itself remain where they have been for centuries: in the possession of the Joudeh and Nuseibeh families, who by virtue of their Muslim faith are accepted by all Christian denominations as neutral guardians of the entrance to the church.