France church attack: Muslims attend Mass

    France church attack: Muslims attend Mass

    July 31, Paris: Muslims across France have attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.

    Fr Jacques Hamel was killed in his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen by two men who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

    France's Muslim council, the CFCM, urged Muslims to show "solidarity and compassion" over the murder. 

    "We are all Catholics of France," said Anouar Kbibech, the head of the CFCM. Services were held in Rouen as well as in Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral.

    Some 50 Muslims had already joined 350 Catholics at a vigil in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray's second church on Saturday night.

    A service was also held at the Saint-Pierre-de-l'Ariane church in a mainly immigrant area of Nice. Earlier in July, 84 people died in an IS-inspired attack in Nice, when a lorry was driven into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, BBC reported.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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