- Jan 25, 2020
A cardinal dispatched by the Vatican is holding a beatification ceremony for 19 monks, nuns and other Catholics who were killed during Algeria’s civil war in the 1990s.
The beatifications of 19 martyrs in Algeria will be a “great joy” to the Church and will help unite Christians and Muslims of the country, said a French-Algerian archbishop.
Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers has said that Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, are “models for our lives as disciples today and tomorrow.”
The beatification of 19 martyrs of Algeria, including the seven Trappist monks of Tibhirine, will be celebrated Dec. 8 in Oran, Algeria, the country’s bishops announced.
The Algerian government has approved the holding of a beatification Mass in Oran for seven French Trappist monks who were martyred in the country in 1996.
Pope Francis on Saturday officially certified the deaths of several Trappist monks in Algeria, whose story was captured in the 2010 movie “Of Gods and Men,” as martyrs, clearing the path for their beatification.