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Pope deplores French priest's 'barbaric' slaying

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Vatican City, July 26: Pope Francis learned “with pain and horror” of an elderly priest’s killing at a church near the northern French town of Rouen by suspected jihadists and is praying for the victims of the “absurd violence”, the Vatican said Tuesday. “The Pope has been informed and shares people’s pain and horror at this absurd violence and the strongest condemtion of every form of hatred and joins in prayers for those involved,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. “We are especially shocked that this horrible violence, the barbaric killing of a priest and the involvement of worshippers, took place in a church, a sacred place for the love of God,” Lombardi added. He said the Vatican was following news developments on the morning attack and siege at the church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen. The incident had caused the Holy See “immense pain and worry,” Lombardi added. “We express solidarity with the Catholic Church in France, the archdiocese of Rouen, the local community involved and the French people,” he said. (IANS)

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