Monks portrayed in 'Of Gods and Men' to be recognised as martyrs

The group of Cistercian monks from the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine in Algeria, whose story was told in the award-winning film 'Of Gods and Men' are soon to be recognised as martyrs, Father Thomas Georgeon said on a website run by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

The seven monks were kidnapped from their monastery in March 1996. They were found dead two months later.

A bishop, and 11 other religious men and women killed during the civil war are also being recognised as martyrs.

Many thousands died during the ten year conflict. Father Georgeon said: "To pay homage to these 19 Christian martyrs means also paying homage to the memory of all those who gave their life in Algeria (during) those dark years."

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