- Aug 9, 2020
After Pope Francis officially waived the normal five-year waiting period, the French Archdiocese of Rouen has officially opened a sainthood process for slain priest Jacques Hamel, who was killed while saying Mass in late July by assassins professing loyalty to the Islamic State.
A furious imam in Fr Jacques Hamel’s town launched a scathing attack on his killers at Friday prayers in the mosque of Sainte Etienne de Rouvray, which was built on land donated by a neighboring parish.
The peculiar horror of yesterday’s slaying of an elderly French priest by Islamist teenagers was designed to tempt Christians into responding with their own violence. But Pope Francis and the French bishops insisted on peace, love, and dialogue.
Two men armed with knives broke into a church in France, and held 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel and several others — including two nuns – hostage for 40 minutes, killing the priest before being being killed by the police. The French president said the attack was carried out by terrorist in the name of ISIS.