Friday, January 22, 2016

Oldest Christian Monastery in Iraq Razed

US soldiers celebrate a Catholic Easter mass at St Elijah's Monastery on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The monastery has since believed to have been razed. Photo: AP
IRAQ---Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State group’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. [link]