The 85-year-old priest was killed in a terrorist attack while he offered Mass in the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, in the northern French archdiocese of Rouen, on July 26, 2016.
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The 85-year-old Father Hamel was killed in a terrorist attack while he offered Mass in the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, in northern France, on July 26, 2016.
The Rouen archdiocese began a preliminary inquiry into Hamel’s sainthood cause in 2016 after Pope Francis waived the traditional five-year waiting period.
The documents include transcripts of conversations between Father Hamel’s attackers and Rachid Kassim, an Islamic State leader responsible for recruiting French-speaking militants.
The debate over the charter and the “French values” it contains continues following at least three suspected Islamist terrorist attacks during 2020.
Bishop Éric Aumonier of Versailles, the diocese that includes Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, said Oct. 16 that the killing “shakes us, like all citizens attached to the values of freedom, equality and fraternity.”
Fr. Hamel was killed while celebrating Mass July 26, 2016 after two armed gunmen stormed his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy.
One year after his brutal killing by terrorists, French bishops recall the beautiful example of the priest who lived a life rooted in the love of Christ.
The French Diocese of Rouen has officially begun an inquiry into the beatification of the French priest, killed by Islamic extremists earlier this summer, after receiving a note from Pope Francis waiving the traditional five-year waiting period.
The Holy Father’s comments were made during a Mass celebrated in memory of Father Jacques Hamel on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.