Beatification of the Martyrs of Algeria

September 14, 2018 1:22 pm

“My life was GIVEN to God and to this country…”
Testament of Dom Christian de Chergé

On 1st September in Rome, a meeting was held (Bishops of Algeria and Postulator) with the Superiors General or representatives of the 8 religious Congregations involved in the Cause. At the end of this meeting, it was decided that the celebration of the beatification would take place on December 8, 2018 in the basilica of Santa Cruz in Oran (Algeria).
After several meetings with Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State of the Vatican, and with Cardinal Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, it was agreed that the latter would come to preside over this celebration as Prefect of the Congregation and as Special Envoy of the Pope, carrying a message from His Holiness.

“Monseigneur Pierre Claverie, Brother Henri Vergès, Sister Paul-Hélène Saint-Raymond, Sister Esther Paniagua Alonso, Sister Caridad Alvarez Martin, Father Jean Chevillard, Father Alain Dieulangard, Father Charles Deckers, Father Christian Chessel, Sister Angèle-Marie Littlejohn, Sister Bibiane Leclercq, Sister Odette Prévost, Brother Luc Dochier, Brother Christian de Chergé, Brother Christophe Lebreton, Brother Michel Fleury, Brother Bruno Lemarchand, Brother Célestin Ringeard, Brother Paul Favre-Miville will be given to us as intercessors and models of Christian life, friendship and fraternity, encounter and dialogue. May their example help us in our life today. From Algeria, their beatification will be for the Church and for the world, an impetus and a call to build together a world of peace and fraternity. “
Extract of the Communiqué of the Bishops of Algeria

Memorial of Aiguebelle


It is obvious that celebrating the beatification in Algeria will involve a restricted presence of participants. In concrete terms, only “representatives” can be present: 6 or 7 members of each of the blood families and about ten members of each of the religious families. However there will be thanksgiving celebrations which will take place in France and elsewhere, after the beatification and it will always be possible to come to Algeria at another time to live a more intimate moment of pilgrimage.

(NB : For all members of the families and the Congregations of the 19 future blessed, there is only one contact: Father Thomas Georgeon, Postulator of the Cause with a single email address [email protected])