Award-winning movie reveals Christian love

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Award-winning movie reveals Christian love

‘When you have a Muslim population asking for monks, it’s just so different’

Posted: February 26, 2011
1:00 am Eastern

By Anita Crane
© 2011 WorldNetDaily

“Should it ever befall me, and it could happen today, to fall victim to the terrorism which seems to now want to engulf all the foreigners living here, I would like my community, my church and my family to remember that my life was GIVEN to God and to this country.

“May they accept that the Unique Master of all life could not be a stranger to this brutal departure. May they be able to associate this death to so many other violent ones, consigned to the apathy of anonymity.”

When Father Christian de Chergé, the French prior of the Cistercian household in Tibhirine, Algeria, wrote that testament, he didn’t expect to inspire France’s top-grossing movie in 2010 or a Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, among numerous other accolades.

But opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles is Xavier Beauvois’ film “Of Gods and Men,” and it will be in other cities soon.

In March 1996, Father Christian and six of his brother monks were kidnapped by the Armed Islamic Group or GIA, whose members sought to overthrow Algeria’s government and demanded that France release Islamists from its custody. Two months later, the monks’ heads were found near Médéa.

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