ISIS Destroys Ancient Syrian Monastery of Mar Elian

Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) jihadists have released a video showing bulldozers plowing through the ruins of the historic Christian Syrian monastery of Mar Elian, located in al-Qaryatain in the Syrian province of Homs. They also desecrated the monastery’s cemetery, unearthing graves with their machinery.

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Buddhist Nuns Build Convent Out of Straw

Buddhists live a life of simplicity and gratitude, yet even the most simple of lifestyles require the bare necessity of a sound shelter for living. A group of Buddhist nuns in Escondido, California has been working together to build their own

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Coptic Monks Lie Down in Front of Bulldozers to Protect Ancient Christian Site

To protect a precious archaeological area that stretches around a church dating back to the fourth century AD, a group of Coptic monks from the Monastery of Saint Macarius have staged a resistance to a road-building project, going so far as to lie down in front of approaching bulldozers.

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