EUROPE/FRANCE - An elderly priest has his throat slit as he celebrates Mass

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 martyrs  


Rouen (Agenzia Fides) – This morning an elderly priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel, aged 84, had his throat cut while he was celebrating mass in the church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray, Normandy (France). Two men entered the church during the celebration, killed the priest and wounded three of the faithful present, leaving one in a serious condition. Two religious Sisters are among the hostages while a third managed to escape and call the police. The murderers have been killed by the police.
From Krakow where he was to take part in the 31st World Youth Day, the Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, now on his way back to France, says in a statement: “The Catholic Church has no other weapons but prayer and brotherhood among all peoples. I leave here hundreds of young people who are the future of humanity. I beg them not to give up in the face of violence but to be apostles of the civilization of love ”. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 26/7/2016