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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Islamic Outreach, Part LXXXI

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."


New satellite photos confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: the oldest Christian monastery in Iraqhas been reduced to rubble, yet another victim of Islamic State’s relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical.
St Elijah’s monastery stood as a place of worship for 1,400 years, including most recently for US troops. In earlier millennia, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches, prayed in the chapel and worshiped at the altar. The Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters of Christ’s name, were carved near the entrance.
This month, a high resolution camera was used to capture images of the site, which were compared with earlier photographs of the same spot.