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Pope Francis ‘horrified’ by killing of Fr Jacques Hamel in Rouen church

Pope Francis is horrified and shocked by an attack in a church in Rouen, in northern France, where 84-year-old priest Fr Jacques Hamel was slain and another hostage was seriously wounded.

A statement released by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office said: “we are particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a Church, in which God’s love is announced, with the barbarous killing of a priest and the involvement of the faithful”.

Fr Lombardi also said the Pope shares the pain and the horror caused by this absurd violence and expresses firm condemnation of every form of hatred and prays for the victims.

Picture: General view of the church where a priest was killed in an attack in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, Normandy, France on Tuesday 26th July 2016. Two attackers invaded a church during morning Mass near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing an 84-year-old priest by slitting his throat and taking hostages before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. (AP Photo/Francois Mori).