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French president calls Pope after priest is killed

July 23, 2016 mobile phone image released by Cindy Aubree shows French Priest Jacques Hamel, killed Tuesday, July 26 when two attackers slit his throat while celebrating Mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France. - AP

July 23, 2016 mobile phone image released by Cindy Aubree shows French Priest Jacques Hamel, killed Tuesday, July 26 when two attackers slit his throat while celebrating Mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France. - AP

27/07/2016 08:25

(Vatican Radio) French president Francois Hollande telephoned Pope Francis on Tuesday following the death of the elderly priest Fr. Jacques Hamel, 84, who was killed when two Islamic assailants entered his Church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as he was celebrating Mass.

Hollande said “that when a priest is attacked, all of France is wounded,” according to a statement. He assured the Pope that everything would be done to protect Churches and places of worship.

Recalling Pope Francis’ efforts to defend Christians in the Middle East, Hollonde said that, amid “such painful and harsh” circumstances, he “hoped that the spirit of harmony would prevail over hatred.”

27/07/2016 08:25