Catholics and Muslims gather for a vigil and mass to pay tribute to murdered French priest, Father Jacques Hamel. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Catholics and Muslims pay tribute to murdered French priest
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Catholic and Muslim residents of Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray gathered at a vigil at the town’s second church, Sainte-Therese du Madrillet, on Saturday (July 30) evening to pay tribute to a priest who was killed in a knife attack.
Father Jacques Hamel was killed after two attackers linked to Islamic State interrupted a church service and forced the 85-year-old Roman Catholic priest to his knees at the altar and slit his throat.
Since Saturday, Muslims have been joining Catholics around France for vigils, marches and masses to show solidarity and unity between their religious communities.
According to local media, some 50 Muslims joined 350 Catholics on the prayer benches of Sainte-Therese du Madrillet to pay their respects as parish priest Father Auguste Moanda delivered a sermon.
On Sunday, nearly 2,000 Catholics and Muslims attended a mass in the nearby city of Rouen. Many seats were reserved for residents of Saint-Etienne so they could attend the mass with a larger group of people.
According to local media, more than 100 Muslims attended the service at the cathedral, answering the call made by the French Muslim Community Council to attend Sunday mass all over France in a gesture of solidarity and compassion.