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March 6, 2011
The ruins of Petra in Jordan are among the world's most renowned archaeological sites. The ancient city is known for towering structures half-built and half-carved into the rock. On a trip to the ruins in December, Times reader Sara Shuman shot this photo of the monastery, one of Petra's most famous structures, with her iPhone. "We rode donkeys up the 800 steps in see this amazing Nabataean monument," Shuman says. "Most folks don't take the time and effort to climb up the mountain to see this amazing template.
April 16, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
MAALOULA, Syria - From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below. "If you hear any movement, throw hand grenades immediately!" a general advised on his two-way radio as he peered at the battle unfolding like a distant video game at the bottom of the hill. On Tuesday, Syrian forces were targeting the remnants of a rebel force in this historic town, long a center of Christian worship and pilgrimage.
March 28, 2010 | By Jen Leo
Staying in an Italian monastery may sound divine, but how do you find one? helps you find your inner monk, whether you are planning a pilgrimage or simply taking a vacation. What's hot: There are hundreds of Italian monastery and convent accommodations to choose from. Click on "accommodations" and start building a travel plan. Browse by region, popular destinations, such as Florence and Rome, or jump right to the featured monasteries. Art and history aficionados will feel as though they've gone to heaven, and solo travelers will appreciate the single versus double pricing.
April 7, 2014 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum has announced that it is voluntarily returning a 12th-century Byzantine illuminated New Testament to a monastery in Greece after learning that the item had been illegally removed from the Monastery of Dionysiou more than 50 years ago. Officials at the Getty said in a release on Monday that the museum acquired the manuscript in 1983 as part of a "large, well-documented" collection.  The manuscript is currently at the Getty Center...
November 26, 1988 | Associated Press
Firefighters refused to respond to medical emergencies at the monastery, garbage men wouldn't pick up its trash and a county health worker described its tiny patients as "little rattlesnakes." The reason: Starcross Monastic Community, a Roman Catholic monastery run by lay workers, wanted to provide a home for infants with AIDS. Yet through it all, much of the bad was offset, Tolbert McCarroll said.
June 10, 1993 | From Associated Press
A night of talking didn't help. So the British opted for action Wednesday to rescue 181 Bosnian Croat civilians from Muslim troops trapping them in a monastery. Ten at a time, the Croats were evacuated in Warrior armored vehicles. The rescue was the culmination of efforts that began the day before when the Croats flooded into the Franciscan monastery to flee fighting between Croat and Muslim forces in the surrounding hills.
October 31, 1987 | Associated Press
When clanging streetcars, blaring horns, hissing trains and other noises of the city get to be too much for Munichers, there's always St. Boniface's. The Roman Catholic monastery, an island of tranquility in downtown Munich, rents out prayer cells for those in dire need of peace and quiet. "Recently a Protestant minister came on what we call our quiet day, which is usually one Saturday a month," said Abbot Odilo Lechner, who heads the Benedictine monastery.
March 15, 1987 | PATRICIA HAMPL, Hampl is a poet and the author of "Resort and Other Poems" (Houghton Mifflin, 1983).
At one time, the little mustard-colored room in my high school where I was sent after lunch to practice playing the piano had been a dormitory room. Years before, farmers and bankers as far away as the Dakotas had sent their daughters to the nuns in St. Paul to be finished--as the rather sinister phrase of the day put it. But by 1964 the boarders were long gone. We were all day pupils, studying trig, hoping to score high on the SATs.
October 23, 1988 | WILLIAM H. INMAN, United Press International
A sunburned GI takes down a pint from the shelf, unscrews the cap and sips the whiskey delicately. "We're like the dogs who guard over hell," he says, wiping the shot glass on his sleeve before pouring. "We (foul up) on our watch and those devils are everywhere." Those devils inhabit gray barracks like those at Camp Bonifas and they probably have a drinking hole like this, the Monastery, only farther to the north. "They" are the other side, the North Koreans.
January 31, 1998 | J.M. HIRSCH, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The anonymous white walls of my cell were bare except for a crucifix. My tiny cot creaked loudly against the church-imposed silence as I rolled, trying to sleep. Even flushing the toilet seemed a noisy intrusion. At 6 a.m., the steeple bells would call me and 30 bleary-eyed men down dimly lit halls and into the chapel for the day's first prayers. It was 12 hours into my stay at St. Anselm Abbey, a 108-year-old Benedictine monastery, and already I had had enough silence and prayer.
March 25, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Abbot Archimandrite Theodor Micka was awakened on Tuesday morning by his fellow priests with some good news. Gov. Jerry Brown had signed legislation allowing the ailing 76-year-old abbot, who has terminal cancer, to be buried on the grounds of his Alameda County monastery. “I'm in really high spirits now," Micka said in a phone interview. Despite ongoing chemotherapy, he said, "I have strength that is almost superhuman this morning.” Micka has spent decades developing an Orthodox Christian monastery in Castro Valley, buying the first plot of land in 1979.
August 20, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
HELWAN, Egypt - The gunmen sped past on motorcycles and in a car, firing automatic weapons and hurling gasoline bombs. Parishioners ran for cover as bullets chipped the stone and rattled the metal doors of St. George's Church. Adel Samir hasn't slept since Friday's attack. A mechanic, he now guards the church south of Cairo. The street out front has been barricaded. Other men, tattooed with the cross, wield clubs and patrol the perimeter amid yellow dust rising from cement factories along the Nile.
April 15, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Feel too scattered to be mindful? Trying to calm your mind but meditation seems way out of your reach? Here's your chance to get some advice from a longtime and well-known meditation teacher, Mark Coleman. He'll be taking questions from people who join our Spreecast chat from 11 to 11:30 a.m. PDT on Tuesday. Coleman has lived in a monastery and has taught meditation for many years - both inside and in nature. Please join Coleman and reporter Mary MacVean on this post. MacVean, very much a novice at meditation, spent five days at a silent retreat with Coleman as one of her teachers.
March 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The extraordinary abortion-themed drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" placed Cristian Mungiu in the forefront of international cinema, and the Romanian director's new film, "Beyond the Hills," likewise concerns the bond between two young women. Again they face ineffectual institutions, but there's another, more urgent push-pull at the heart of this haunting, beautifully acted feature. After several years apart, lifelong friends Alina (Cristina Flutur) and Voichita (Cosmina Stratan)
July 22, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
TERYAYEVO, Russia - As she tried to remove the priceless Bible from its glass case, Moscow University professor Irina Pozdeyeva could barely lift the almost 2,000-page book. The gray-haired scholar ran her fingers through the meticulously stitched and restored leaves of the Bible, produced in 1581 by Ivan Fyodorov, father of Russian printing. Pozdeyeva said she never fails to experience a surge of emotion when she handles the book, one of 350 surviving copies of the first Bibles printed in Russia in the old Slavonic language.
May 6, 2012 | By Margo Pfeiff, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Birds twitter and sunshine twinkles through groves of bamboo and banyan trees adorned with cascades of orchids. With every step, my Vibram boot soles crush hibiscus blossoms littering a pathway, while butterflies flutter around a group of elderly folks welcoming the morning with the gracious silent semaphore of tai chi. At a clearing where remnants of a World War ll gun emplacement rust, half-swallowed in greenery, an opening in the jungle reveals...
November 7, 2010 | By Michael Haederle, Los Angeles Times
Standing in a field a few steps from the banks of the Rio Chama, Berkeley Merchant pulls apart a withered cone to reveal a tiny fleck of bright-yellow powder. He puts it up to his nose and inhales deeply. "Lupulin," he announces. "That's what it's all about. " Here at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, black-robed Benedictine monks have planted an assortment of bitter hops to be used in formulating new additions to their line of trademark ales. Lupulin, Merchant explains, is the stuff that gives hops their bite.
March 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
Eight times a day, the Rev. Bernard McCoy solemnly chants prayers in Latin from 100-year-old books in the chapel of his monastery. Then it's back to his computer and telephone, to run LaserMonks. McCoy and four other monks who have vowed a life of prayer, austerity and charity sell refilled inkjet and laser printer cartridges from an Internet site and telephone mail-order center at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank here. "You get quality products at a great savings," McCoy said.
February 20, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
When Dolores Hart, 73, walks the red carpet at this year's Academy Awards as planned, no interviewer will need to ask who made her dress. She will be wearing her nun's habit from the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., where she lives a life of contemplation and hospitality and is mother prioress. Mother Dolores, as she is now known, is the subject this year of an Oscar-nominated documentary short, "God Is the Bigger Elvis," which airs April 5 on HBO. The documentary chronicles her life as a nun after a Hollywood career that saw her costar with Elvis Presley ("Loving You" in 1957 and "King Creole" in 1958)
November 20, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
The Swerve How the World Became Modern Stephen Greenblatt W.W. Norton: 356 pp., $26.95 On the Nature of Things Lucretius, translated by Frank O. Copley W.W. Norton: 177 pp., $15.95 paper Can a single book really change the world? There are plenty of candidates, including Lucretius' "On the Nature of Things," and W.W. Norton has reissued Frank O. Copley's translation of this wondrous poem to coincide with Stephen Greenblatt's "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern," an equally wondrous book about how this classic was nearly lost and why Western civilization would be much poorer if that had happened.
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