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Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya in July (PA)

The Church west of Egypt has long been plagued by heresy, piracy and persecution

Fr Timothy Radcliffe (Mazur)

Fr Timothy Radcliffe was visiting small community in the Sahara

A scene from Of Gods and Men (CNS)

A timely moment to see Of Gods and Men

in the light of the taking of 12 nuns in Syria, Xavier Beauvois’ film about the assassination of Tibhirine is more powerful than ever

Étienne Comar, left, is pictured with actor Lambert Wilson, who plays Christian de Chergé, the prior of the monks of Tibhirine (Imagenet/AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

‘We tried to portray their humanity’

Anna Arco talks to the writer behind the haunting tale of seven Trappist monks murdered in Algeria