Isis has hit France again, this time beheading a Catholic Priest. Two knife-wielding Muslim Extremists slit the throat of Jacques Hamel, an 84-year-old Catholic priest in the Normandy city of Rouen this morning.
The attackers entered the church through the back door and took the priest, two parishioners, and two nuns hostage during morning Mass. The terrorists yelled “Allahu Akbar” as they carried out the attack.
Police shot and killed the two attackers. ISIS’ Amaq news agency claimed the attack was perpetrated by Islamic soldiers.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement Tuesday that the attack hits particularly hard “because this horrific violence took place in a church, a sacred place in which the love of God is announced, and the barbaric murder of a priest and the involvement of the faithful.”
Lombardi called the attack “more terrible news, that adds to a series of violence in these days that have left us upset, creating immense pain and worry.”
Pope Francis, Lombardi said, has expressed “pain and horror for this absurd violence, with the strongest condemnation for every form of hatred and prayer for those affected.”