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Desert monastery seeks visitors after years of war

Sumary of Desert monastery seeks visitors after years of war:

  • Photo: AFP a syrian desert monastery that was once a hub for interfaith dialogue, attracting tens of thousands, has reopened to visitors after more than a decade of war and isolation.
  • People walk down a stairway at Deir Mar Moussa Al-Habashi on June 11, 2022.
  • Father Jihad Youssef sits in prayer and contemplation at Deir Mar Moussa Al-Habashi on June 11, 2022.
  • But the onset of civil war in 2011 and the disappearance of Father Paolo DallOglio, who had led and revived the community since 1982, scared away visitors for nearly a decade.

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