August 01, 2016
France: The Religions That Pray Together, Stay Together
In a show of solidarity, Muslims across France attended Mass at local churches on Sunday, hoping to respond to Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder with a display of unity and support for France’s Catholics. “We are very moved by the presence of our Muslim friends, and I believe it is a courageous act that they did by coming to us,” said Dominique Lebrun, the archbishop of Rouen. While tributes and dialogue were taking place in parishes across the country, police arrested two additional suspects allegedly involved in Fr. Jacques’ death. Twenty-year-old Jean-Philippe Steven J was put under formal investigation, as well as Farid K, a 30-year-old cousin of attacker Abdel Malik Petitjean.