19 slain cler­ics be­at­i­fied

Khaleej Times - - MIDDLE EAST -

The Catholic Church be­at­i­fied in the city of Oran on Satur­day seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed dur­ing Al­ge­ria’s civil war, the first cer­e­mony of its kind in a Mus­lim na­tion. May “Mon­signor Pierre Claverie... and his 18 com­pan­ions, faith­ful mes­sen­gers of the Gospel, hum­ble ar­ti­sans of peace... from now on be called blessed,” said pa­pal en­voy Car­di­nal An­gelo Bec­ciu. —

AP

Wor­shipers sing dur­ing a spir­i­tual vigil at the Ro­man Catholic Cathe­dral of St Mary, Oran, north­west­ern Al­ge­ria. —

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