(Crux) Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of one of the most horrifying reminders of the reality of contemporary anti-Christian persecution anywhere in the world: The grisly slaying of 85-year-old French priest Father Jacques Hamel on July 26, 2016, while saying morning Mass at the Church of Sant-Étienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy, France, by two men professing loyalty to ISIS.
In part because the murder happened just as World Youth Day 2016 opened in Krakow, Poland, it shocked the Catholic imagination immediately, and generated new attention to Christian victims of religious hatred all around the world.
Crux’s Claire Giangravé was in the small Normandy church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray for an anniversary Mass on Wednesday, attended by French President Emmanuel Macron, at which Archbishop Dominque Lebrun of Rouen declared, “Though he is dead, Father Jacques Hamel is still alive.”
“Hate has not triumphed, and it will never triumph,” he said. [More]