Algerian martyrs to be beatified

The Algerian government has approved the holding of a beatification Mass in Oran for seven French Trappist monks who were martyred in the country in 1996. Pope Francis had authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to recognize the martyrdom of Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, men and women religious, who were killed by Muslim terrorist in hatred of the faith in Algeria between 1994 and 1996.