Algiers, 10 December, 2020 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The late Archbishop emeritus of Algiers in Algeria, Henri Teissier, who was laid to rest Wednesday, December 9 is being eulogized for his courage and love for the North African nation.
Archbishop Teissier who succumbed to a stroke attack December 1 aged 91 was laid to rest at the Sacred Heart Cathedral of Algiers.
“He did not perceive his life outside of Algeria,” Fr. Jose Maria Cantal Rivas, Rector of Our Lady of Africa Basilica has been quoted as saying during the Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 8, the eve of the Archbishop’s burial.
Making reference to the 1990s when 19 Christians were murdered, including Bishop Pierre Lucien Claverie and seven monks of Tibhirine, Fr. Rivas recalled that Archbishop Teissier chose to remain in the country amid the insecurity.
Fr. Rivas recalled the late Archbishop as having said, “You don't abandon a friend when he is suffering; even if you can't cure him, you stay by his side, you take his hand and suffer with him, even if you have no solutions.”