“In Tibhirine we experienced life dialogue with Muslims; We, Christians, want to go out and meet the other, whoever (s)he is, to build spiritual friendship and fraternal dialogue, which can overcome violence.” The Pope wrote it in the preface, published by Osservatore Romano in its own translation of the book Tibhirine. L’héritage (edited by Christophe Henning, Paris, Bayard, 2016, 180 pages, € 14.90), a collection of testimonies of different personalities concerning the fruits of the message of peace and living together between Christianity and Islam of the seven Trappist monks who were kidnapped and killed in Algeria in 1996.
“They did not run away in the face of violence: they fought, armed with love, fraternal kindness, and community prayer – Bergoglio said -; they witnessed with their blood, in their flesh, and defeated hatred on the day of the great test. During their whole life, not without difficulty, ‘[they] had given [their] hearts to God wholesale, and it already costed [them] a lot that He took it to detail’, said Father Christian de Chergé, prelate of the small community.”
It “does not concern only monks and nuns – the Pontiff concluded: all of us are called to give our lives in the details of our days, at home, at work, in society, in the service of our ‘common home’ and everyone’s wellbeing.”