- Sep 19, 2020
On the third anniversary of the murder of French Father Jacques Hamel by extremists, France pays homage to his message of peace as Vatican inches closer to beatification.
The Archdiocese of Rouen concluded its sainthood inquiry into the life and death of a French priest who was killed while celebrating Mass.
The French prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation Friday into allegations made by an online publication that a police intelligence note had been post-dated to cover up a failure to act against an Islamic extremist who, along with a cohort, ultimately slit the throat of a Normandy priest in 2016.
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Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the slaying of Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy, France, on July 26, 2016. Today Hamel is a candidate for sainthood, and there are several powerful reasons why his legacy is important – among them, he’s a reminder that old-school martyrdom still occurs in the here-and-now, and that even the simplest believers are capable of great heroism when push comes to shove.
During an anniversary Mass on Wednesday at the small Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, where Father Jacques Hamel was killed by having his throat slit on July 26, 2016, by two 19-year-old Muslim terrorists, Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen said, “Though he is dead, Father Jacques Hamel is still alive.” The Mass was attended by several French dignitaries, including President Emmanuel Macron.