July 30, 2019
ROME — Local politicians and clergy honored the third anniversary of the death of the French priest Father Jacques Hamel, who was murdered by two jihadists while he was celebrating Mass.
On the morning of July 26, 2016, two 19-year-old Islamic State radicals, Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean, burst into Hamel’s church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray shouting, “Allahu Akbar!” They seized Hamel along with five other members of the congregation and eventually slit the priest’s throat.
Just before his death, Hamel told one of his assailants, “Be gone, Satan!”
To mark the anniversary, the church where Hamel was murdered held a rosary vigil last week along with a directed meditation by a local priest and a testimony from Alain Quibel, who was present during the attack.
On Friday, locals processed through the streets of the town in a silent march to the church where Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen, France, celebrated Mass in remembrance of the martyred priest.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:46 am