Catholic Church attacked and Priest was killed by IS soldier in a horrifying event. An 84-year-old priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel was killed and four other people taken hostage by two armed men, who claimed to IS, who stormed his church in northern France.
The two attackers slit Fr Jacques Hamel’s throat during a morning Mass.
Police later surrounded the church, and shot dead both hostage-takers.
One of the hostages is in a critical condition in a nearby hospital.
The Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, who was attending a Catholic gathering in Poland, said: “I cry out to God with all men of goodwill. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry.
“The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men.”
In a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope, having been informed of the situation, “participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence,” while radically condemning “every form of hatred.”
The statement said the pontiff is praying for those affected by the tragedy, which took place in the Normandy region, adding that the Vatican is following the situation.
New courtesy: BBC, CNA