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Return of the Monks: The Trappists Go Back to Norway

Bénédicte Cedergren
The new Trappist monastery Munkeby Mariakloster, where four monks from the Abbey of Cîteaux of France arrived in 2009.

More than 500 years after most abbeys and monasteries in Norway were dissolved and destroyed in the Protestant Reformation, the northernmost Trappist monastery church in the world was consecrated Dec. 5 by Trappist Bishop Erik Varden of Trondheim.