Updated: Monday, February 28, 2000 at 13:33

According to a news report published in the Arab daily "Al Quds" (February 22nd) the stolen deer have been found thanks to the direct intervention of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. According to this report the culprits were caught thanks to the investigations carried out by the Palestianian Secret Service who throgh an official spokesmen refused to give more details except that the order to steal these deer came from a foreign organisation in strict contact with the local mafia. The newspaper report affirms that President Arafat received the thanks of the Custody through a delegation made up of Fr Castor Garcia, Fr Ibrahim Faltas and Fr Justo Artaraz.

A spokesman of the Custody of the Holy Land confirmed that the deer were returned to the Custody on Thursday 22nd February in a pitiful state: legs and horns literally smashed! It will take some time before we can again admire them on the façade of the Basilica of Gethsemane.

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