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The Muslims who came to Mass to pray for father Jacques: Faiths come together after priest was slain by ISIS fanatics in a French church

  • Muslims of the Comorian community attended Mass in Marseille
  • Religious leaders of all faiths have condemned the slaughter of a priest 
  • Pope Francis said world is at war after the murder in Normandy
  • But, on his trip to Poland, he insists it is not a ‘war of religions’ 
  • Italian politician Roberto Maroni has called on Fr Jacques to be beatified

The Sunni Muslims attended Mass among other mourners at the Sacre Coeur basilica in Marseille on Thursday, the same day Pope Francis said the world is at war in the wake of the murder of the priest.

The Pope urged that it is not a ‘war of religions’.

The 100,000 strong Comorian community – originally from the Comoro islands near Mozambique and Madagascar – in France is mainly settled in Marseille, but also in Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis and Lyon.

The 85-year-old Catholic priest was slaughtered by ISIS fanatics in a church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, on Tuesday.

Muslims of the Comorian community attend a Mass at the Sacre Coeur basilica in Marseille in tribute to the priest Jacques Hamel

Jacques Hamel was killed on July 26 in a church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray during a hostage-taking claimed by Islamic State group

The Muslims of the Comorian community attended Mass along hundreds of mourners on Thursday

The attack came as France was still coming to terms with the Bastille Day massacre in Nice that killed 84 people and was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Religious leaders of all faiths have also come together in the UK to pay their respects to the slain priest.

The Catholic Church in England and Wales issues a joint statement from Muslim leaders and the Cardinal saying:

‘Together, as faith leaders, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the murderous assault that took place today at the Church of Saint-Etienne–du-Rouvray in France.

‘We are deeply saddened and shocked by the brutal murder of Fr Jacques Hamel.

‘To commit murder at a place where people gather in peace to worship adds another layer of depravity to the violence that we have witnessed over the past weeks. We pray for the courage to respond to all evil with truth, justice, and reconciliation.’

Fr Jacques Hamel was brutally murdered as he said Mass in Normandy on Tuesday morning by ISIS fanatics Italian politician Roberto Maroni, pictured, has urged Pope Francis to fast-trick the beatification process 

Priests lead a Mass at the Sacre Coeur basilica in Marseille in tribute to the priest Jacques Hamel

Religious leaders of all faiths have come together in the UK to pay their respects to the slain priest

Mayor of Marseille Jean-Claude Gaudin (C) attends a Mass at the Sacre Coeur basilica in Marseille

Pope Francis spoke about the priest’s death on Thursday as a leading Italian politician to nominate Rev Jacques Hamel for sainthood.

Roberto Maroni, the president of the Lombard region, said in an appeal circulated on social media that ‘Father Jacques is a martyr of faith; and requested that the pope ‘immediately proclaim him St. Jacques’.

Shortly after the appeal, the hashtag #santosubito, which translates as ‘saint immediately’, began circulating on Twitter.

Pope Francis prays during a meeting with Polish bishops at Wawel royal castle's cathedral in Krakow, during World Youth Day 

An army of 39,000 security officers are being brought in to ensure safety as he meets huge crowds of young people during his visit

Pope gives speech from Papal Window of John Paul Il in Krakow

The canonisation process is a lengthy one involving two miracles attributed to the person’s intercession, but in the case of a martyr only one miracle is needed, after beatification.

There must first be a declaration by the Vatican that the person indeed died for the faith.

The Pontiff, who is on a five-day visit to Poland, spoke out as it emerged that an army of 39,000 security officers are being brought in to ensure safety as he meets huge crowds of young people during his visit.

Pope Francis salutes faithful and pilgrims on his way to the royal Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland, on Wednesday, as he warns the world is not facing a 'war of religions'

Crowds of worshipers filled the streets of Krakow, in Poland, on Wednesday to see the Pope on his route

The Pontiff, who is on a five-day visit to Poland, made the remarks after Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, 85, was slaughtered by ISIS fanatics in a church in Normandy, France

When asked about the savage killing, the 79-year-old said: ‘The real word is war…yes, it’s war. This holy priest died at the very moment he was offering a prayer for all the church.

‘I only want to clarify, when I speak of war, I am really speaking of war … a war of interests, for money, resources. … I am not speaking of a war of religions, religions don’t want war. The others want war.’

Poland’s interior minister says more than 39,000 police and other security officers will be ensuring the safety of Pope Francis’ meeting with hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims from around the globe in southern Poland.

Mariusz Blaszczak spoke about the extraordinary security measures on Wednesday just three hours before Francis was due to arrive in Krakow.

The Pontiff, who is on a five-day visit to Poland, made the remarks after Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, 85, was slaughtered by ISIS fanatics in a church in Normandy, France

The visit, which runs until Sunday, will include open air Masses and prayers with some 1.5 million participants of World Youth Day, and visits to the site of the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to Poland’s holiest shrine of Jasna Gora.

‘We have sent onto the Polish streets more than 7,500 officers who will be there providing security each day at railways stations, airports and shopping centers,’ Blaszczak told a news conference.

Blaszczak also appealed to people to be vigilant and to report and unusual or worrying situations to police or other security officials.

‘We do not disregard any signals but Poland is a very safe country,’ Blaszczak said.

It is the first visit by Francis to Poland, one of Europe’s most deeply Catholic nations and one still devoted to the memory of the late Polish pope, St. John Paul II.

Poland's interior minister says more than 39,000 police and other security officers will be ensuring the safety of the Pontiff on his visit to Poland, as fears for his safety run high

Pope Francis will be meeting with hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims from around the globe on his five-day visit to southern Poland

Concerns have been raised about the Pontiff's visit following the murder of Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, France

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3712558/Religious-leaders-faiths-come-priest-slain-ISIS-fanatics-French-church.html

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