Pope Francis feels that killing in the name of any given god is ‘satanic’, and has urged religious leaders of every faith to cease instructing their followers to do so. He made this statement during Wednesday’s mass honoring the slain Jacques Hamel, the Normandy priest killed by ISIS militants in July.
NBC News reported that the 79-year-old did not hesitate in labeling those who killed him as the devil, actually saying “Go away, Satan” as his murder took place. He also feels the priest may possibly be on his way to sainthood, with the first step being beatification. Hamel, says Pope Francis, “accepted his martyrdom” on the altar on which he was killed, giving up his life in order for his followers “not to deny Jesus”.
It is this sacrifice, he continues, that proves he will be beatified as it shows he is a martyr, and this is the status martyrs receive. His ability to remain lucid during the terror attack and not refer to his killers by their names, but instead by the Devil they served, is what makes Pope Francis feel the priest is currently on his way to heaven, reveals The Telegraph.
According to Religion Service News, the Pope also made reference to the ritual Hamel’s killers made him take part in, which involved him “performing some sort of Arabic sermon” around the altar. It was after this that 19-year-old Abdel-Malik and Nabil Petitjean ended his life by cutting his throat with a knife, with the whole congregation watching. The Bishop of Rome condemns this attack, as well as every other orchestrated in the name of any religion’s god.
Both of Hamel’s killers were shot dead as they tried to flee from the church, yelling “Allahu Akbar” as they ran. CDA News reported that Jacques Hamel‘s funeral was held on August 2. Tributes were not only paid by the slain priest’s relatives, but also several church officials as well as French president Francois Hollande. The high attendance level was similar to that of today’s mass honoring him, for which a similar number of mourners turned out to pay their respects.
Wednesday, September 7, three women were arrested in direct connection to the attempted bombing of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, a failed terrorist attack which was thwarted by Pope France’s intelligence services. One of the women, identified only as Sarah H., had been engaged to one of Hamel’s killers prior to her own attempted extremist attack. She had also been set to marry a man who murdered two police officers three months ago, before being killed by law enforcement. For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow