For Missouri monks, holiday fruitcakes are slice of the divine

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Monks Fruitcake

Fr. Cyprian Harrison, a Trappist monk, decorates fruitcakes. Every fruitcake is topped with four pecan halves, two red cherries and two green cherries. RNS photo by Kellie Kotraba

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AVA, Mo. (RNS) Some monasteries make jelly, creamed honey, even world-class beer. For the last 25 years, the Trappist monks of Assumption Abbey here in the foothills of the Ozarks have made fruitcake. By Kellie Kotraba.