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Volkov said the Israeli authorities have written off the Holy Sepulchre Church’s water debt for the past seven years.
Regarding the remaining water bills for previous years, a special commission will look into the issue, he said.
In Islam, the Prophet Muhammed’s wives are seen as the “Mothers of Islam,” and their burial sites are visited as holy places by devout Muslims.
In both traditions, women are not ordained as clergy.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which has for centuries been one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for millions of Christians as the purported site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, earlier in November threatened to close its doors as its bank account was frozen over a debt to an Israeli water company.
The church had been exempt from water charges in a tacit agreement with Jerusalem authorities for decades but the Hagihon company, which took over water supply to Jerusalem in the late 1990s, recently demanded payment of a .3 million bill dating back 15 years, including interest.
By examining the particularities of each religion’s teachings about women, it will be easy to draw stronger distinctions and parallels between the two.
The Gornensky Convent is situated in the Jerusalem suburb of Ein Karem, where, according to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church also met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II.
Women's Dress: Origins The issue of women’s dress is one way to compare and contrast the practices of Orthodox Christian and Muslim women.
Ruhi Hamid, in her documentary "Islam Unveiled," claims that Muslims were influenced by Byzantine Christians: In early 700, Orthodox Christian women wore head coverings in accordance with the Apostle Paul’s command in 1st Corinthians for women to cover their heads in public worship.