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Syria: gunmen steal property from ancient monastery

August 08, 2012

Gunmen have stolen property from a Syrian Catholic monastery that dates to the sixth century. The monastery had stood abandoned until an Italian Jesuit, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, founded a community there.

“The gunmen stole everything they could steal” but no monks were injured, a source told the ANSA news agency.

Father Dall’Oglio was expelled from Syria in June after calling for greater democracy and respect for human rights.


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