Welcome to: “Of Gods And Men”

The Iraqi Prime Minister has decreed that henceforth March 6th of every year be celebrated in Iraq as a day of tolerance and living together in memory of Pope Francis’ meeting with the Ayatollah Sistani

This site has two functions

1 in honour of the movie Des hommes et des dieux

Of Gods and Of Men (French: Des Hommes et des dieux) is a 2010 French drama film directed by Xavier Beauvois, starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale. Its original French language title is Des Hommes et des dieux, which means “Of Men and of Gods” and refers to a verse from the Bible shown at the beginning of the film. It centers on the monastery of Tibhirine, where nine Cistercian monks lived in harmony with Algeria’s mostly Muslim population until seven of them were kidnapped and assassinated in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War.

Largely a tale of a peaceful situation between local Christians and Muslims before becoming a lethal one due to external forces, the screenplay focuses on the preceding chain of events in the decay of government, expansion of terrorism, and the monks’ confrontation with both the terrorists and the government authorities that led to their deaths. Principal photography took place at an abandoned monastery in Azrou, Morocco.

The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix, the festival’s second most prestigious award. It became a critical and commercial success in its domestic market, and won both the Lumières Award and César Award for Best Film.

The monks
All of the murdered monks were French. They were: Dom Christian de Chergé, Brother Luc (born Paul Dochier), Father Christophe (Lebreton), Brother Michel (Fleury), Father Bruno (born Christian Lemarchand), Father Célestin (Ringeard), and Brother Paul (Favre-Miville)

At approximately 1:15 AM on 27 March 1996, about twenty armed members of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) arrived at the monastery of Tibhirine and kidnapped seven monks. Two others, Father Jean-Pierre and Father Amédée, were in separate rooms and escaped the kidnappers’ notice. After the kidnappers left, the remaining monks attempted to contact the police, but found that the telephone lines had been cut. As there was a curfew in force, they had to wait until morning to drive to the police station in Médéa.

On 18 April, the GIA’s communiqué no. 43 announced that they would release the monks in exchange for Abdelhak Layada, a former GIA leader who had been arrested three years earlier. On 30 April, a tape with the voices of the kidnapped monks, recorded on 20 April, was delivered to the French Embassy in Algiers. On 23 May, the GIA’s communiqué no. 44 reported that they had executed the monks on 21 May. The Algerian government announced that their heads had been discovered on May 31; the whereabouts of their bodies are unknown. The funeral Mass for the monks was celebrated in the Catholic Cathedral of Notre-Dame d’Afrique (Our Lady of Africa) in Algiers on Sunday, 2 June 1996. Their remains were buried in the cemetery of the monastery at Tibhirine two days later.

The surviving two monks of Tibhirine left Algeria and travelled to a Trappist monastery near Midelt in Morocco.

Martyrs of Algeria
The 7 monks of the Our Lady of the Atlas, who were kidnapped and later beheaded, were beatified with 12 other martyrs of Algeria on December 8, 2018. The celebration occurred in Oran, Algeria.

Our posts will be about God or Gods; for us at EMMI, it has only ONE GOD. Mainly the Abrahamic religions, but also other God(s) may be includes from other religions.

Christianity, Islam and Judaism
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The Abrahamic religions also referred to collectively as the world of Abrahamism and Semitic religions, are a group of Semitic-originated religions that claim descent from the Judaism of the ancient Israelites and the worship of the God of Abraham. The Abrahamic religions are monotheistic, with the term deriving from the patriarch Abraham (a major figure described both in the Tanakh and the Quran, recognized by Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others). The three major Abrahamic religions trace their origins to the first two sons of Abraham. For Jews and Christians it is his second son Isaac and for Muslims, his elder son Ishmael.

Abrahamic religions spread globally through Christianity being adopted by the Roman Empire in the 4th century and Islam by the Umayyad Empire from the 7th century. Today the Abrahamic religions are one of the major divisions in comparative religion (along with Indian, Iranian, and East Asian religions). The major Abrahamic religions in chronological order of founding are Judaism (the base of the other two religions) in the 7th century BCE,Christianity in the 1st century CE, and Islam in the 7th century CE.

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are the Abrahamic religions with the greatest numbers of adherents. Abrahamic religions with fewer adherents include the Druze faith (sometimes considered a school of Ismaili Islam), the Baháʼí Faith, and Rastafari.

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All pictures used for the header collage are in the public domain on Wikipedia

Sources:Abrahamic and Of Gods

2. Canadian Churches visited by RT. Rev. Marie and me.

All Roads Lead to a Church

This part of the website is dedicated to all religious buildings that we visited or drove by while we travelled or a Sunday Drive Tour.

In some of them we enter and chat with the staff or in others we walked around or we just took a picture through the car windshield.

Have a good visit, God bless!

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