The documents include transcripts of conversations between Father Hamel’s attackers and Rachid Kassim, an Islamic State leader responsible for recruiting French-speaking militants.
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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.
Aid to the Church in Need Italy will offer support to seminarians belonging to dioceses in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia.
COMMENTARY: The Holy Father’s words in his post-World Youth Day press conference should be interpreted very carefully.