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Benedictines 'praying for those who hate us' after vandals attack in Jerusalem

January 20, 2016

The monks of the Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem report that they are praying for the vandals who attacked the building.

The abbey, in the Old City of Jerusalem, was spray-painted with crude anti-Christian slogans, written in Hebrew. Nearby Orthodox and Armenian churches were also targeted. 

"We are praying for those who hate us," said Father Nikodemus Schnabel, sub-prior at the Benedictine abbey. "If we are being attacked because we are Christians, then we want to react as Christians."

Vandals recently attacked another Benedictine institution in Israel, the Tabgha Priory on the sea of Galilee. Two Jewish extremists were arrested for that attack. 

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