“Pope Francis likely to visit Algeria,” announces Vatican

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A visit to Algeria by Pope Francis is possible in order to oversee the reburial ceremony for 19 monks who were killed between 1994 and 1996, announced the Vatican.

In this aspect, the ceremony will take place in Oran Cathedral.

Last January, the Bishop of Oran, John Paul Vissou, highlighted that the Algerian authorities had given the go-ahead for the reburial after the Vatican issued a decree that gave the title of “martyr” to the monks.

The date of the ceremony has not yet been determined, but is expected to be revealed soon.

An official invitation from Algerian authorities mentions “a short visit for the Pope to Oran, during which he will personally oversee the beatification ceremony.” This was discussed between representatives of the Church in Algeria and the Pope during a recent meeting.

In the spring of 1996, during the Algerian black decade, seven of the 19 French trappist monks based in their monastery in Tibhirine in the Atlas Mountains were kidnapped by an armed groupة and, a week later, seven heads were found on a road near the city of Medea.

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