- Nov 26, 2020
Police in France questioned four 10-year-olds who voiced support for the beheading of a schoolteacher and who said they would kill their own teacher if he lampooned Islam’s founder, the government reported as the prime minister warned Saturday that Islamic extremists are recruiting in France with “ignorance and hate.”
A Paris criminal court sentenced a 29-year-old Algerian man Thursday to life in prison for killing a woman and trying to bomb a church near the French capital in a failed 2015 attack that investigators said was plotted by Islamic State group extremists in Syria.
Several leading bishops have condemned recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria, appealing for peace and the brotherhood and mutual respect called for by Pope Francis in his latest encyclical on human fraternity.
Pope Francis and Austrian church leaders expressed dismay and sorrow after terrorists attack that left at least five dead in central Vienna, and they urged citizens to uphold key values of tolerance and respect.
Bishops in the United States and around the world expressed condolences after three people were murdered before Mass Oct. 29 in the basilica in Nice, France.
The attack in Nice on Thursday follows a spate of Islamic extremist violence in France in recent years.