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Archbishop of Rouen: Murder of Father Jacques sparked fear, but also drew people to Mass

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 09/15/16

From Rome Reports: 

It was a Mass full of emotions, initiated by the memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel. Monsignor Dominique Lebrun, archbishop of Fr. Hamel’s diocese, explained some of the details of his meeting with Pope Francis. He stressed the encounter occurred precisely on a day designated to Catholics. MSGR. DOMINIQUE LEBRUN Archbishop of Rouen (France) “He signed the photo before Mass and quickly asked that it was placed on the altar. We celebrated the Mass with Fr. Jacques’ photo on the altar. This was the first great sign. The pope welcomed us today, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. I do not know if it was a coincidence on his schedule or with his heart, but I’m sure it was the heart of God who chose this meeting on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.” The cruelty of the killing shocked the world. Fr. Jacques was beheaded in his parish, while celebrating Mass on July 26. The priest’s sister clarifies that the murderers acted on behalf of Daesh, but not in the name of the God of Islam. The archbishop repeated the words of the pope: it was a satanic act.

Check out the video of his remarks below.

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