BREAKING: French Priest Assassinated During Mass, Nuns and Others Held Hostage

St-Etienne-195x293Unknown attackers have killed a priest this morning during Mass in Normandy, slitting his throat, and have critically wounded a parishioner.

The French newspaper La Croix reports that the priest, two nuns and two other worshippers were held hostage by two men who burst into the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, brandishing knives. Another nun managed to escape and call for help. Police officers from the Brigade of Research and Intervention (BRI) responded to the alarm, shooting the kidnappers.

Although the kidnappers’ motive has not been confirmed, the attack is believed to be terrorism. The Times of Israel reported that

“…one hostage taker was bearded and was wearing a woolen cap worn by Muslim men.

French media also reported the attackers yelled “Daesh” as they entered the church, though its not clear why they would announce themselves using a derogatory term for the Islamic State terror group.”

The French Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate (SDAT) and the Directorate General of Internal Security (RPS) have taken charge of the investigation.

Archbishop Dominique Lebrun, archbishop of Rouen, had been in Krakow Poland, attending the World Youth Day events but is now on his way back to France. In his absence, Fr. Maheut Philippe, Vicar General of Rouen, rushed to the church.

French President Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are en route to the town. On Twitter, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls expressed his horror at the barbaric attack” and said that “The whole of France and all Catholics are bruised.”  

This morning’s attack in the church follows just twelve days after a terrorist attack in the French town of Nice, where a truck plowed through a crowd attending the Bastille Day Festival, killing 84 and injuring hundreds.

 Image:  Church of St. Étienne in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy, France seen on July 29 2012. (M-Knight76, Wikimedia commons)

By |2018-01-27T17:39:09+00:00July 26th, 2016|Politics & Culture|


  1. May S. July 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    They need to start slapping bacon on these terrorists once they subdue them (dead or alive). Bet future attacks will be prevented as the satanic Islamists will be fearful that with pork contamination they will be barred from paradise and their 72 virgins. It sounds crazy but then they are crazy and evil people who believe lying to indexes is just fine and killing innocent people is virtuous.

    If you want to understand radical Islam, read the book “A God Who Hates” by Dr. Wafa Sultan, MD. She was raised a Muslim in a Muslim country and her native tongue is the language of the Koran. She tells what the Koran really says. She explains that radical, murdering Muslims are following true and original Islam. She explains that peaceful Muslims follow a watered down version of Islam. And she explains how they came about.

    Everyone needs to learn about this evil cult if ever we are to defeat them. There are other good books on this evil cult that threatens our world but Dr Sultan’s is a great place to start.

  2. Mary July 26, 2016 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Dear Lord Jesus Christ – gather the soul of this good priest to your bosom – he has earned the glorious crown. Christ have mercy on us. Save us dear Lord.

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