World: Sinai: Moonscape With a Future

Founded in the 6th century, St. Catherine's monastery sits at the foot of Mount Sinai, atop which, according to biblical tradition, the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments. In 1946 one adventurous visitor to this Greek Orthodox abbey, which then was 100 miles from the nearest town of any consequence, was shocked to learn that the monks had not yet heard of World War II. He was even more astounded to discover that some of them had never heard of World War I.

St. Catherine's is no longer quite so remote. Last week hundreds of Israeli tourists stormed the monastery and broke...

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