Pope Francis has agreed to speed up the path to sainthood for French Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, murdered by two teenaged jihadists in July, Vatican sources said Sunday. Normally the Vatican observes a five-year "cooling off" period after the death of a candidate for sainthood before launching the process for beatification, the first step on the way. However the pontiff, who was in Azerbaijan on Sunday during a Caucasus tour, has agreed to make an exception in Hamel's case, according to the sources.
Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced killing in God's name as "satanic" as he held a mass to honour Jacques Hamel, the French priest whose throat was slit by jihadists in July. "Killing in God's name is satanic," he said in his addre...
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest knifed to death at his altar by Islamist militants in July, was a "martyr", and indicated on Wednesday he was already on the road to sainthood.
The Catholic Church in Normandy where a priest was murdered by teenage jihadists two months ago was to reopen after 68 days with a procession and a special penitential mass on Saturday afternoon.
Catholic parishioners in a small town in northern France are gathering on Sunday for the solemn reopening of a church where a priest was murdered by teenage jihadists this summer.