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Trappist Nuns Will Not Abandon Their Monastery in Syria
Catholic World Report ^ | 5/1/13 | Catherine Harmon

Posted on 05/02/2013 7:32:10 AM PDT by marshmallow

Via Deacon Greg Kandra comes this story of a tiny community of Trappist nuns living in civil war-torn Syria. Despite the danger and mounting tensions in the region, the five nuns are determined to stay in their monastery, which was founded in 2005.

From an interview conducted with one of the nuns, who is Italian, for an Italian news site:

So you deliberately chose to live in a place where Christians are in the minority?

Exactly. Here the population is mostly Shiite Muslim, but there are also Sunnis and Alawites; geographically we are at a crossroads. How do you try to establish a dialogue? In the manner of our order, by founding a monastery, living the Trappist life and building relationships of friendship with the people we come in contact with and among whom we live. And how does the local population see this “mission”? In fact, the bulk of the problems have arisen recently. Up until two years ago, for centuries the citizens of different religions were accustomed to live in peace, in friendship, closeness and cooperation, without worrying too much whether one was Muslim or Christian, and so on.

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1 posted on 05/02/2013 7:32:10 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

God Bless and be with them, keep them SAFE Lord. AMEN!


2 posted on 05/02/2013 7:39:57 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: marshmallow

May God’s hand protect these, His servants.


3 posted on 05/02/2013 7:41:53 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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