News sources today are reporting that there has been a deadly attack on a church in Normandy France. The attack was carried out in the name of ISIS.
According to President Francois Hollande, two men took several people hostage during morning Mass on Tuesday. Two of those taken hostage were nuns and the other two were churchgoers. Fr. Jacques Hamel, 86, died after the attackers slit his throat in what President Hollande has called a “cowardly assassination.”
The Vatican has also released a statement condemning the attack, as has the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
We will keep you posted on this developing story. In the meantime our thoughts and prayers are with the French Church, and the family and friends of Fr. Jacques Hamel and all those touched by this tragedy.