Bishop Vesco is adamant that Algerian Muslims should take part in the event.
“It will not be a purely Christian pilgrimage,” he said. “It will offer a significant role to Algeria and its religion [Islam] in one way or another.”
Organizers are also considering holding an interreligious prayer vigil as well as a ceremony at the Great Mosque of Oran.
The liturgy for the beatification ceremony at Santa Cruz will also take place in several languages.
The ceremony will thus seek to honor the radical commitment of the 19 religious who chose to remain in Algeria with their local neighbors right to the end, despite Islamist threats and warnings from the authorities.
The monks of Our Lady of Atlas in Tibhirine defined their lives simply as “prayers among other prayers.”
As such, they sought to share in the difficult lives of the Algerian people, pardoning their attackers in advance.
(La Croix International)