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The murdered priest successfully highlighted the suffering of Syrians in a western media that has grown tired of the conflict

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

A scene from Of Gods and Men, about the martyrdom of the Tibhirine monks

One priest suggests they cannot be Christian martyrs if they repeatedly worshipped a false god

The Camerons: their book and DVD collection was on show in the papers this week (PA photo)

Their collection at the moment is very low brow, with one notable exception

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture (CNS/Catholic Press Photo)

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Benedict XVI receives the ashes at the Basilica of Santa Sabina yesterday (AP Photo/Danilo Schiavella, Pool)

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Lambert Wilson and Jean-Marie Frin star in Of Gods and Men, a film about Cisterian monks who were murdered by Islamists in Algeria (CNS photo/Sony Pictures Classics)

They faced a certain and violent death yet were filled with hope in eternal life

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

Cinema-goers flock to Of Gods and Men

Film depicts murder of seven monks in Algeria in 1996

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during the opening session of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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