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Misc: Islamic State Destroys Ancient Christian Monasteries in Syria

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bulldozing 1500 year old monastery

From committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities to enshrining a theology of rape, the moral tragedy continues as the Islamic State bulldozes ancient Christian monasteries in Syria. For the first time in my lifetime a Pope has approved limited use of force. More from The Gaurdian here: Islamic State Destroys Ancient Monasteries in Syria

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The Paradise Part

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Nathan Schneider

Nathan Schneider writes in Commonweal of  his frenzied conversion to Catholicism at the age of 18, after visiting Holy Cross Abbey, and his lifelong love of monasteries. “We sat in the cold, under the stars, around a pious statue at the top of a hill in front of the abbey, sipping the warming liquor.” Read it here: The Paradise Part

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