Jerusalem monastery vandalized with anti-Christian graffiti


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Benedictine monastery in Jerusalem was vandalized with anti-Christian graffiti.

The graffiti was discovered on Saturday night at Dormition Abbey, located on Mount Zion just outside the Old City of Jerusalem, according to reports.

The graffiti, written in Hebrew, included: “Christians to Hell,” “May his name be obliterated,” and “Death to the heathen Christians the enemies of Israel.”

It is not the first time that the abbey has been targeted. Anti-Christian graffiti was painted on the abbey’s walls in 2013 and 2012. Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the abbey during a visit in 2014.

A police investigation has been opened into the incident.

The abbey is believed to be the site where the Virgin Mary died. It is located next to the site considered to be the tomb of King David.

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