15.4 C
Sunday, June 4, 2023
NewsLast survivor of Tibhirine massacre passes away - Vatican News

Last survivor of Tibhirine massacre passes away – Vatican News

DISCLAIMER: Information and opinions reproduced in the articles are the ones of those stating them and it is their own responsibility. Publication in The European Times does not automatically means endorsement of the view, but the right to express it.

DISCLAIMER TRANSLATIONS: All articles in this site are published in English. The translated versions are done through an automated process known as neural translations. If in doubt, always refer to the original article. Thank you for understanding.

The European Times News aims to cover news that matter to increase the awareness of citizens all around geographical Europe.

More from the author

Cells, Immune cells, Septic shock and metastases, finding the culprits

Cells, Immune cells, Septic shock and metastases, finding the culprits

How can cells and Immune cells of the human body respond quickly to physical and chemical changes in their environment?
M87 galaxy with the cosmic digestive system

M87 galaxy with the cosmic digestive system

New observations of the M87 galaxy reveal how a powerful jet forms around a monstrous black hole.

By Lisa Zengarini

The last survivor of the 1966 massacre of Tibhirine, died in Morocco on November 21 aged 97. French Trappist monk Jean-Pierre Schumacher passed away peacefully on Sunday morning in the monastery of Our Lady of the Atlas, in central Morocco, where he had settled in 2000. The news was announced by the Moroccan Church in Rabat.

Frère Jean-Pierre was one of the two monks who managed to escape the kidnapping and brutal killing of their seven confreres from the Algerian Trappist Monastery during the ten-year civil war in the country.  The other monk who survived the attack was Frère Amédée, who died in 2008.

The abduction and killing of the 7 monks

The Superior Christian de Chergé and other six monk brothers Luc Dochier, Christophe Lebreton, Michel Fleury, Bruno Lemarchand, Célestin Ringeard, Paul Favre-Miville, were all beheaded and their heads were discovered two months later not far from Tibhirine. The bodies, however,  were never found. Their remains are buried there. Though the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) claimed the kidnapping and killing, the circumstances of their abduction and murder have yet to be fully clarified.

Thirty years in Algeria

Born in 1924 in Lorraine, raised in a Catholic working-class family of six children, Frère Jean-Pierre studied with the Marist Fathers. He was ordained a priest in 1953 and entered the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Timadeuc in Brittany in 1957.

At the request of the then Archbishop of Algiers, Léon-Etienne Duval, he moved to Tibhirine in the mid-Sixties with three other monks from Timadeuc, to “build a small community in a Muslim environment, living as poor among the poor”. Four years after the 1996 massacre, he settled in Midelt along with the other survivor, Frère Amédée, and became prior of the small Trappist Monastery of Notre-Dame de l’Atlas composed of eight brothers.

A “small remnant” of Tibhirine in Morocco

In their new home, they both used to say they considered themselves as a “small remnant” of Tibhirine: “Our presence in the monastery – Frère Jean-Pierre said – is a sign of faithfulness to the Gospel, to the Church and to the Algerian people”.

Fraternal dialogue with Muslims 

He also said he often asked himself why he was allowed to survive the massacre and that in time he realized that God had assigned him the mission to witness the events of Tibhirine and “to make known the experience of communion with our Muslim brothers, which we continue now here in the monastery of Midelt”.

Funerals on November 30

Father Jean-Pierre had met Pope Francis during his Apostolic Journey to Morocco in 2019. His funeral is expected to take place on Tuesday, November 30, in the Monastery of Our Lady of Atlas.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Must read

Latest articles