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A Praying Body of Christians, Muslims Overcomes Tragedy in Morocco
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Rabat, Feb. 10 -- Behind massive walls in Midelt, central Morocco, lies the small Catholic community of Notre Dame de L'Atlas. The walls enclose a large courtyard, a small chapel, and a memorial for the seven brothers of Tibhirine who were killed in Algeria.
The community, belonging to the Cistercian order, was originally from the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Medea, Algeria. During the Algerian Civil War, seven monks from the order were kidnapped, held for two months, and found decapitated in May of 1996. The Algerian government announced later that month that the heads of the clergymen had been discovered.
Two monks, Father Jean-Pierre and Father Amedee, managed to escape the kidnapping and survived the deadly attack.
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