2016-09-13 11:00:00

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass for murdered French priest

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis is to celebrate daily Mass on Wednesday, 14 September for the French priest of Rouen, Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was murdered while celebrating Mass by two men swearing allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

A statement released by the Holy See Press Office said the Mass is a sign of the Pope’s nearness to the relatives and friends of Fr. Hamel and to the community of Rouen, France.

Archbishop Dominque Lebrun of Rouen, along with 80 other pilgrims from the diocese, will participate in the suffrage Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta at 7 a.m. Rome time.

Fr. Hamel was slain by two Muslim migrants while celebrating Mass in the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on 26 July 2016.

The Mass will be broadcast live by the Vatican Television Station (CTV).

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