Last survivor of Tibhirine massacre passes away in Morocco

ALGIERS- Father Jean-Pierre Schumacher, the last survivor of the massacre of the Algerian Trappist monastery of Tibhirine in 1996, passed away, Sunday in a monastery in central Morocco, said an official of the Christian Church in Morocco.

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ALGIERS- Father Jean-Pierre Schumacher, the last survivor of the massacre of the Algerian Trappist monastery of Tibhirine in 1996, passed away, Sunday in a monastery in central Morocco, said an official of the Christian Church in Morocco.

«He (Jean-Pierre Schumacher) passed away this morning in serenity at the monastery of Our Lady of the Atlas, in Midelt. He is a simple and fraternal man who knew that his mission was to bear witness to what he lived in Tibéhirine», Father Daniel Nourissat, vicar of Saint-Pierre Cathedral in Rabat, told AFP.

The late, Monk Jean-Pierre will be buried in Midelt on Tuesday, added Father Nourissat.

The deceased, 97, was the last survivor of the attack on seven Trappist monks from the Tibhirine monastery, kidnapped and murdered in 1996 during the black decade in Algeria. 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 group, and, weeks later, seven heads were found on a road near the city of Medea as they were decapitated.

Four years after the tragedy, Jean-Pierre Schumacher moved to Morocco where he became the prior of a small community of Trappist monks of the Cistercian Order in the Moroccan Atlas. “He often said that his survival was a call from God to witness, something he did all his life», concluded Father Nourissat.

Noting that another survivor of the tragedy, Father Amédée Noto, died in 2008.

In 2018, the Catholic Church beatified seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during Algeria’s black decade as Vatican issued the decree of their martyrdom. The ceremony, the first of its kind in a Muslim nation, was held in Oran, 400 kilometres west of the Algerian capital.

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