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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
#BreakingNews Priest Killed by ISIS and Nun injured as 5 taken Hostage in France RIP Fr. Hamel - Please PRAY
An attack by ISIS has occurred at a Church in France. A Priest was killed in a hostage-taking on Tuesday July 26, 2016 in St Etienne du Rouvray in France. Two armed men entered a church near Rouen in northern France.
The attackers entered during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.
Police surrounded the church and shots were fired. Both hostage-takers are now dead.
President Francois Hollande said the men claimed to be from Islamic State (IS). Pope Francis expressed the "pain and horror of this absurd violence".
One of the hostages, a nun, had been critically wounded. Police said the attackers had slit the priest's throat with a knife. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called it a "barbaric attack".
"The whole of France and all Catholics are wounded. We will stand together," he wrote on Twitter.
The Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, 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." A local Eulalie Garcia, said, "My family has lived here for 35 years and we have always known him," "He was someone who was treasured by the community. He was very discreet and didn't like to draw attention to himself." Please PRAY for Peace....