The Catholic Church has glorified 19 Catholics executed in Algeria’s respectful war – the principal such service in a Muslim country.

The majority of them were French – seven were Trappist priests, and one a priest.

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 “mend 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.

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Algeria’s 1991-2002 war among Islamists and the legislature executed up to 200,000 individuals.


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