Vatican beatifies French monks murdered in Algeria

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Seven Trappist monks who were murdered in Algeria in 1996 were among 19 Catholic clergy killed in the country during an insurgency by hardline Islamists to be beatified on Saturday by the Vatican – the first step in the Church's process to award a person sainthood.

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The Catholic Church on Saturday beatified seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during Algeria's civil war. The ceremony, the first of its kind in a Muslim nation, was held in Oran, 400 kilometres west of the Algerian capital, reports FRANCE 24.