The Catholic Church has glorified 19 Catholics slaughtered in Algeria’s considerate war – the primary such service in a Muslim country.
The vast majority of them were French – seven were Trappist priests, and one a religious administrator.
The occasion occurred in the midst of tight security in the city of Oran west of the capital Algiers.
In a message, Pope Francis said he trusted it would “recuperate the injuries of the past and make another dynamic of meeting and living respectively”.
Beatification is the initial move towards sainthood in the Catholic Church.
Algeria’s 1991-2002 war among Islamists and the administration murdered up to 200,000 individuals.
Who was glorified?
Fifteen of those glorified were from France, two from Spain and one each from Tunisia and Belgium.
The French Trappist priests were grabbed from their religious community south of the capital Algiers in 1996, with their separated heads discovered two months after the fact.
A radical enemy of government gathering, the GIA, later said it had slaughtered them.
The priests’ story was later the subject of the French film Of Gods and Men, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2010.
The other male and female Catholics were killed in isolated episodes.
They incorporated the French-conceived diocesan of Oran, Pierre Claverie, who was murdered alongside his Muslim driver Mohamed Bouchikhi – who had remained with the religious administrator in spite of the hazard to his life – when a bomb detonated at his home.
Their fellowship was later the subject of a French play, Pierre and Mohamed.
In January, the Vatican proclaimed the 19 Catholics saints since it said they had been murdered out of disdain for their confidence.
What occurred at the service?
Around 1,200 individuals visited, including travelers, relatives and companions of the exalted.
May “Monsignor Pierre Claverie… what’s more, his 18 associates, unwavering errand people of the Gospel, humble craftsmans of harmony… starting now and into the foreseeable future be called honored,” said ecclesiastical agent Cardinal Angelo Becciu.