At Father Jacques Hamel’s funeral Mass Tuesday, the Archbishop of Rouen Dominique Lebrun spoke about those who are “tormented by diabolical violence” and “drawn to kill by a demonic, murderous madness.” In his homily, Archbishop Lebrun also mentioned Father Hamel’s last words before terrorists slit his throat on camera:
“Evil is a mystery that reaches summits of horror beyond what is human. Is that not what you meant, Jacques, by your last words? Falling to the ground after the first stab, you try to push away your attacker with your feet saying, ‘Go away Satan!’”
According to the archbishop, the priest told his attackers a second time, “Be Gone, Satan!” Archbishop Lebrun continued:
“You who are tormented by diabolical violence, you who are drawn to kill by a demonic, murderous madness, pray to God to free you from the devil’s grip. We pray for you, we pray to Jesus who healed all those who were under the power of evil.”
It was just over a week ago that two men reportedly yelled, “Allahu Akbar!” and “Daesh!” – how French authorities refer to ISIS – as they entered a Catholic church in the French region of Normandy.
Along with the priest, there were two nuns and another congregant in the sanctuary. The terrorists held them hostage for about an hour before being shot and killed by police who were alerted to the attack by one of the congregants who managed to escape before the priest was murdered.
The terrorists had forced the 86-year-old priest Father Jacques Hamel to kneel before the altar, and they slit his throat, capturing the murder on camera.
“They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that’s when the tragedy happened,” said one of the nuns who was present during the attack. “They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It’s a horror.”
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