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Islamic State desecrates Catholic monastery

October 16, 2014

Three months after a 4th-century Syriac Catholic monastery was taken over by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, confirmation has been received that the monastery has been desecrated, according to a Fides news agency report.

Islamic State forces have burned ancient manuscripts, removed crosses, and written graffiti on the walls of Mar Behnam Monastery, according to the report.

“Anything can happen with the terrorists of the Islamic State,” said a former superior of the monastery. “They will destroy everything if not stopped.”


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