Recently, health issues forced Fr. Eliah to go to a hospital in Boston, MA. While out of town, the hermitage was all but knocked to the ground and is no longer livable. Priceless liturgical antiquities from the Holy Land as well as Icons were desecrated and strewn about on the ground. The vast Library which contained irreplaceable theological works in several languages were also left out in the elements.
Authorities claim that it is most likely not Albanian Muslims, but the work of the local Pentecostal Zionists that were after the Land the monastery grounds are located on, and were probably totally ignorant of the fact that the Hermitage was a Christian house of worship having heard the word "Palestinian" used in reference to the Hermitage.
Fr. Eliah has been granted asylum at HTM where he is recovering.
Edited by John Mitchell, 30 October 2011 - 07:19 PM.