The Rouen archdiocese began a preliminary inquiry into Hamel’s sainthood cause in 2016 after Pope Francis waived the traditional five-year waiting period.
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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 early-morning explosion occured on June 27 at Emmanuel-Butsili parish in the town of Beni.
Active in Cairo's Christian community, Nabil Habashy Salama used his financial resources to help build the city’s church, St. Mary.
Pope Francis is expected to bless the statue of Our Lady during a stadium Mass in Erbil on March 7.
Dating back to sometime between the 14th and 15th century, the book contains liturgical prayers in Aramaic for the season of Easter in the Syriac tradition.
The cathedral that the pope will visit in Bakhdida, served a growing Christian community, until the Islamic State turned the cathedral into an indoor shooting range from 2014-2016.
Pope Francis called Bishop Lisboa on Aug. 19 after the Islamic State declared that it had taken two military bases near Cabo Delgado’s port city Mocimboa da Praia.
Fr. Hamel was killed while celebrating Mass July 26, 2016 after two armed gunmen stormed his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy.
Father Jacques Mourad, kidnapped by the Islamic State in 2015 and detained for several months, tells how prayer erased his fear of death and gave him the strength to never give up on dialogue with his jailers.