You know how the Ark gets lost in some random warehouse at the end of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? Did you know that it wasnâ€™t just some random warehouse, it was the basement of the Vatican? And did you know that now that the Pope is in Israel some people are demanding that the Holy Father go digging around in his basement and find things like the seven branched golden candelabrum, the curtains, and the gold and copper altars?
Extreme right wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel demanded on Monday that Pope Benedict XVI return looted Temple treasures in a criminal complaint they filed at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.
The two also demanded a stay of exit order be issued against the pope and his three escorts arriving in Israel on Monday.
Justice Ron Alexander rejected the petition later Monday, and ruled that, as the head of a state, the pope has international immunity.
Ben-Gvir and Marzel argued that Roman Emperor Titus, who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, took with him the seven branches candelabrum that was placed there.
Along with the menorah, other artifacts were also looted, such as the basin, the gold and copper altars and the curtains. The two claim that at least some of the treasures can be found in the cellars of the Vatican in Rome.