On Aug. 1, Benedictine monks moved into the emblematic Solignac Abbey in west-central France after a 230-year absence. It is the first time since the French Revolution that the Benedictines have returned to this historic Christian site, established by St. Eligius in the 7th century. This event, regarded as providential by local Catholics, does indeed have a symbolic significance, especially at a time when many religious buildings in France are left to decay, condemned to disappear or be bought for secular purposes.

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