5 Jan 2018

Beatification for the martyrs of Algeria?

On the night of 26-27 March 1996, seven monks from the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, belonging to the Trappist Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), were kidnapped in the Algerian Civil War. They were held for two months, and were found dead on 21 May 1996. The circumstances of their kidnapping and death remain controversial.

Now, it appears that a bishop, seven Trappist monks and 11 other religious men and women killed by extremists in Algeria in the 1990s will soon be recognized as martyrs, the postulator for their causes said.

The decree for their beatification should be published sometime in January, Trappist Father Thomas Georgeon said on January 1 in an interview with Mondo e Missione (World and Mission), a monthly magazine and website run by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

Catholic Herald - Monks killed in Algeria to be recognised as martyrs
Crux - Postulator: Religious killed in Algeria will be recognized as martyrs
Alteliea - Monks of Tibhirine, depicted in ‘Of Gods and Men’, to be beatified

Archive links:

SS102fm - Of Gods and Men - A Martyrs testament
Vatican Radio - 20 years later: legacy of 7 murdered Trappists in Algeria is to build authentic community

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