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Islamic State destroys ancient monastery, desecrates saint’s tomb

August 24, 2015

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has destroyed the fifth-century Monastery of St. Elian near Al-Qaryatayn, Syria, and desecrated the relics of the saint.

Father Jacques Mouraud, the Syriac Catholic monastery’s prior, was kidnapped in May and is feared dead.

Stating that the Islamic State’s forces “no conscience or morality,” Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo told Vatican Radio that “as usual for us Christians, it is a message of violence and intolerance, a message to spread fear everywhere.”


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