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Monks lifting lid on coffin row in Louisiana

4 July 2012 Last updated at 05:01 BST

From beer to jam monasteries have long been engines of industry, but now the work of some Benedictine monks in Louisiana has landed them in a legal battle.

At the Saint Joseph Abbey coffins have always been built for personal use and five years ago the monks decided to make a business out of it.

This did not sit well with local funeral directors and now the fight is making its way through the courts.

Paul Adams reports.