Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the beatification ceremony for 19 priests, nuns and other religious individuals of the Catholic Church in Algeria, who were victims of terrorism, including 15 French citizens.
The minister of state will therefore pay tribute, on behalf of France, to these compatriots who brought honor to their countries of origin as well as their adopted countries thanks to their courage and determination to remain with their Algerian friends at a difficult time in their history. They include: Father Henri Vergès and Sister Paul-Hélène Saint-Raymond, murdered on May 8, 1994; Sister Odette Prévost, murdered on November 10, 1994; Fathers Jean Chevillard, Alain Dieulangard and Christian Chessel from the Congregation of White Fathers, murdered on December 27, 1994; Sister Denise Leclerc, murdered on September 3, 1995; seven Trappist monks from Tibhirine (Brothers Christian de Chergé, Célestin Ringeard, Christian Lemarchand, Michel Fleury, Christophe Lebreton, Paul Favre-Miville and Paul Dochier), kidnapped on March 27, 1996, and murdered shortly afterward; Bishop Pierre Claverie, murdered on August 1, 1996.
France is grateful to Algeria for hosting this beatification ceremony which will provide an opportunity to celebrate the message of peace, brotherhood and tolerance that continues to inspire us thanks to the commitment and sacrifice of these men and women. It pays tribute to Algeria which has been able to embark on the path of peace and national reconciliation.