On July 26, 2016 terrorists associated with ISIS killed the 86-year-old priest while he was celebrating Mass.
Five years ago today Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered while celebrating Mass by two Muslim men pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
The two men came into the Normandy church on July 26, 2016, yelling ““Allahu Akbar!” They the slit the 86-year-old priest’s throat.
Today, Catholics are taking to social media to remember Fr. Hamel, who was said to have said, “Satan, go!” as he struggled with his captors. Many are sharing this icon which celebrates Fr. Hamel as a martyr, as many, including Pope Francis, have called him.