Reverend Jean Hamel, whose throat was slit by Islamist militants as he celebrated mass, has already been honoured as a martyr Pope Francis has authorised the French church to start the preliminary sainthood investigation for the Reverend Jean Hamel, whose throat was slit by Islamist militants as he celebrated Mass in July. Francis told reporters Sunday he had authorized the gathering of witness testimony to determine if a beatification cause is warranted.
Pope Francis will celebrate mass on Wednesday in honour of Jacques Hamel, the French priest who died in July after having his throat slit by Islamist militants.
PARIS (Reuters) - Pope Francis has put a French priest knifed to death at his altar by Islamist militants in July on the fast track to possible sainthood, the Archbishop of Rouen Dominique Lebrun said on Sunday.
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" per...
Eight-five-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel's throat was slit by ISIS militants as he celebrated Mass in July