Of God and Men – a witness to love

Not long after midnight on March 27, 1996 seven Trappist monks were kidnapped from the monastery of Our Lady of Atlas in Tibhirine, Algeria. After two months in captivity, they were beheaded; their bodies were never found. The monastery was begun in 1934 and located 272 miles south east of the capital of Algiers. The murders of these priests counted among the estimated 150,00-200,000 Algerian people who were killed during the Algerian Civil War 1991 - 2001, among them nuns, priests, and at least … [Read more...]

Martyred monks film nabs second prize & Ecumenical Prize at Cannes festival “Of Gods and Men” Des hommes et des Dieux

At the Cannes Film Festival, the 2010 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to:Of Gods & Menby Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010)This movie of great artistic value benefits from a remarkable group of actors and follows the daily rhythm of work and liturgy. It depicts the sacrifice of the monks of Tibhirine(Algeria 1996) choosing to maintain their peaceful presence despite surrounding violence. The deep humanity of the monks, their respect for Islam and their generosity towards their village … [Read more...]


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