Christian Martyrs for a Muslim People

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Paulist Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 191 pages
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In the mid 1990s, Algerian society was terrorized by the GIA (The Armed Islamic Group), a fundamentalist organization that had given an ultimatum to all ¿foreigners¿: depart or die. At the time, the beheading of seven Trappist monks at the Tibherine monastery was widely reported in the world press. This book tells their story, but also tells the story of twelve other priests and religious sisters who, like the Monks of Tibherine, had courageously chosen to stay in Algeria despite the threat, and who ultimately paid for their dedication with their lives. Drawing on letters, journals, and his own interviews with people who knew the nineteen religious, the author shows how they operated schools, performed vital medical assistance, sponsored community gardens, taught trades, prepared students for state examinations, and maintained libraries¿mainly in poor neighborhoods and rural villages. By witnessing Christ in their actions without ever attempting to make converts, the nineteen martyrs won the love of the Algerian people, a love that did not cease with their deaths.
 

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Contents

A Fire Burning Inside
3
Confronted by Death
11
Cardinal Duval
21
The Gospel Life of Brother Henri Verges
31
Six Lives Given Six Lives Shared
42
Strength in Weakness
58
A Monastery Set on a Mountainside
71
My Life Was Given to God and to This Country
87
Witness to the Resurrection
107
Encountering the Other
117
What Hope for the Future?
128
Gods Gift to Us An Interview with Msgr Teissier
139
Reflections of Msgr Teissier
149
Ribat esSalam
175
Notes
181
Copyright

A Crucified Love
96

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Fr. Martin McGee is a monk of Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in West Sussex, England.

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