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The interior of the church of Fontgombault Abbey.

Abbot who helped revive traditional monasticism laid to rest in France

A Benedictine abbot who helped to revive traditional monasticism and Gregorian chant in France was buried Wednesday in the 11th-century... Read more

The Benedictine Monks of Norcia process with relics of the True Cross. Courtesy photo.

Monks of Norcia praying with 'greater intensity' during coronavirus

In the central Italian countryside, at the edge of the Umbrian woods just outside Norcia, a group of Benedictine monks... Read more

Pluscarden Abbey.

BBC mini-series captures daily life of Benedictine monks

A new BBC series will depict the daily life of Benedictine monks in a few UK monasteries, taking camera crews... Read more

The Basilica of St. Benedict in the main square of Norcia, before the earthquake.

Echoes of St. Benedict as Norcia monks rebuild after earthquake

As Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy rebuild their monastery from the rubble caused by devastating earthquakes last year, they do... Read more

Trappist beer.

Trappist monks' spirituality hailed as key to business success

A spiritual focus on generous service and community is the key to success for the Trappist monks, not only in... Read more

Wooden casket made by the monks of Saint Joseph Benedictine Abbey.

Louisiana monks thankful for right to sell caskets

After fighting a lawsuit for over five years, Benedictine monks in Louisiana finally won the right to sell their handmade... Read more

Interior of the Chapter House.

California monks build new chapel with medieval stones

A California abbey has been home to Cistercian monks since 1955, and now houses a new chapel built of stones... Read more