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Catholic monastery dedicated in the Holy Land

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For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, May 25 2012 4:00 a.m. MDT

On the Solemnity of the Ascension, Cardinal Joachim Meisner blessed the new Benedictine cloister in Tabgha.

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Catholic News Agency

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Our take: A new Catholic monastery has been dedicated at the site where Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. The monastery was a rebuilt structure on the site of one that was in danger of collapsing. Retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah noted that the land was full of people like Jews, Christians and Muslims who are united by their search for God and for peace.

High-ranking Catholic churchmen dedicated a new cloister on May 17 at a Benedictine monastery built at the site where Jesus miraculously multiplied loaves and fishes.

At the dedication, the retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah said the monastery is "a new witness of the presence of God in the life of this land, a new spiritual actor in the life of this land, a new spiritual companion of all the inhabitants of this land, Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druzes, all of us in search of God, as we are in search of peace."

Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, France and the apostolic nuncio to Israel Archbishop Antonio Franco participated in the event with several other bishops, including the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Nazareth.

Patriarch Sabbah represented his successor, Patriarch Fouad Twal.

Read more at Catholic News Agency.

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