Bishop Pierre Claverie a friend to the Algerians

Bishop Pierre Claverie a friend to the Algerians

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Algeria 1991-2002: the ‘dark decade’: there was a political and democratic crisis and a deep crisis in Islam, which cost the lives of 150 000 people, mainly Algerian Muslims. Among them were 19 religious men and women, who had committed themselves to this country. They gave their lives for Algériens, they chose to stay and die with them. Pierre Claverie, Dominican Bishop of Oran, was amongst them.

Born in Algeria when it was still French, he resolved to commit his life to that of Algerians after their independence and to go out to meet his neighbours. He became a friend of Algerians, a friend of Muslims. He chose to go where the Lord goes, on the fracture lines of humanity. He was assassinated at the door of his bishop’s residence on August 1, 1996 with Mohamed Bouchikhi, a young Algerian who had brought him back from the airport.


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Intercession du mois

Lord you came to meet us when we were still far off. Give us the grace of encountering others who are different from us and who might make us afraid. Come and disarm in us and in the other, all violence, closedness, contempt and hatred.

We pray for the algerian Church, that it might continue to be a sign of your love for all. We entrust to you the Chemin Neuf Community and its presence in the monastery of Tibhirine

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"The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back."

Isaiah 50, 4 - 5