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French Prime Minister marked the fourth anniversary murder of Father Jacques Martyred by Islamists

“Four years ago to the day, a priest was assassinated at the foot of his altar,” wrote Mr. Castex on Twitter Sunday morning. “Struck in her heart, France then discovered Faher Jacques Hamel, his face and his message. She drew from it the strength to unite in the face of terrorist barbarism and obscurantism.”

“Let us never forget,” Castex concluded.

On the morning of July 26, 2016, two Muslim men 19-year-old Islamic State radicals, Adel Kermiche, and Abdel Malik Petitjean stormed into Father Hamel’s church shouting “Allahu Akbar!” They seized the priest who was celebrating Mass, along with 5 other members of the congregation.

Just before having his throat cut, Father Jacques Hamel told one of his assailants, “Be gone, Satan!”

Pope Francis declared him a “martyr” and waived the usual five-year waiting period to open his cause for beatification.

To mark the occasion, locals processed through the streets of the town in a silent march to the church where Archbishop Lebrun celebrated Mass in remembrance of the martyred priest.

“It’s right for our spirit to rebel against the homicide of a priest in his church, against all forms of violence,” the archbishop said during his homily.

“We must fight for peace,” he added. “Father Jacques Hamel gave his life for this.”

26th July 2020

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