Catholic Church beatifies 19 murdered clerics from Algeria’s civil war

Nineteen monks, nuns and other Catholics who were killed during Algeria’s civil war were beatified on Saturday, in the first step towards becoming Roman Catholic saints.

The ceremony, in Algeria’s second city, Oran, was conducted by Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu on behalf of Pope Francis.

During a service attended by 1,200 people, including pilgrims, relatives, and friends of the beatified, Becciu read the official decree stating that the 19 men and women would “from now on be called blessed.”

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