The church in Normandy, France, whose 84-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was killed by supporters of the Islamic State terror group earlier this week, had donated land to Muslims to build a mosque, according to a senior Catholic cleric.
The slain priest "led a pure, simple life, with an emphasis on building friendships," Father Mark Ephrem Nolan, prior of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross near Rostrevor, told Belfast Telegraph.
"Church authorities facilitated the giving of land beside his church to local Muslims to build a mosque, and they were given use of the parish hall and other facilities during Ramadan," Nolan said, referring to the Church of the Gambetta, where Hamel served. more >>
With more than 350,000 pilgrims attending the Roman Catholic World Youth Day week in Krakow, Poland, which is set to run through Sunday, one ministry has developed an app to help those in attendance and the millions watching from home connect and share their faith.
Zach Hunter, manager of product design and development at the American Bible Society, said that World Youth Day, which connects millions of Catholics around the world with the global community, is an opportunity for believers to form bonds and connect with the global Church.
"It also presents an opportunity for participants, whether pilgrims to Krakow or those participating remotely, to deepen their faith and grow closer to Christ," Hunter said in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
Pope Francis has been speaking out on the "pain and horror" stemming from the murder of an 84-year-old priest in France at the hands of Islamic State-linked supporters, as Catholic analysts noted that Europe's Christians are waking up to a "new era" of violence.
The priest, Father Jacques Hamel at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, was killed during morning mass on Tuesday by two assailants, who took a total of five people hostage. The attackers slit the priest's throat with a knife and wounded three others, before police shot them dead.
Francis immediately said that he joins in "prayer for the suffering of family members, of the pain of the parish and the diocese of Rouen." He also said that he "invokes God, the merciful Father, that he welcome the Abott Jacque Hamel into the peace of his light and that he bring comfort to the wounded." more >>
Can Michael Schumacher and his family no longer sustain the F1 racer's expensive treatment?
The current condition and health status of Schumacher is unknown as there has been a news blackout regarding Schumacher ever since he suffered a tragic head wound from a skiing accident in 2013. There have been numerous reports of Schumacher's properties and automobiles being sold off.
Does this mean that the round-the-clock treatment that Schumacher is receiving in their Lake Geneva mansion has taken a toll on the F1 legend's and his family's finances? more >>
Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the whole "world is at war," echoing statements made by Canon Andrew White, the Anglican Vicar of Baghdad, who has been issuing the same warning since the rise of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq.
"The world has been at war for a while now. ... We had the war of 1914, then the war in 1939-45, and now this one," Francis said to reporters, according to NBC News, during a flight to Krakow, Poland, where 20,000 Roman Catholic youth from all over the world are making a pilgrimage for World Youth Day.
The pontiff's comments came on the heels of the brutal murder of Catholic Priest Jacques Hamel by two IS-linked teenagers during a morning mass at a church in Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray, France. more >>
Both killers involved in the brutal murder of French Priest Jacques Hamel and the kidnapping of five people during a raid on morning mass at a Catholic church in Normandy, France, have been identified.
Days after 19-year-old Adel Kermiche from Northern France was identified as one of the two men who raided the Church of the Gambetta in the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray district of Normandy on Tuesday, the second assailant has also been identified as 19-year-old Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean from Eastern France. The two men stabbed Hamel in the chest, slit his throat and wounded others held hostage inside the church.
According to The Associated Press, French prosecutors used DNA tests to identify Petitjean. Additionally, a security official confirmed that Petitjean was the unidentified man featured in a photo distributed to police with a warning that he might be plotting an attack. more >>