Call to Pray and Fast for Peace - Fr Hamel +RIP
As you know, an 84-year-old French priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was brutally killed in his church on Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, while he was saying Holy Mass. Fr Hamel showed us all that being a Christian means being ready to follow Christ to the Cross.
Now, the French Bishops are calling on people to pray and fast, today, Friday, 29 July -- for peace in France and peace in the world.
This "petition" will send a message of prayer and condolence to the French church and to the French people.
The time to reflect about how this kind of thing is even possible in "civilised Europe" is quickly drawing near.
But, during these days of mourning and prayer, we show our solidarity with the extended family and community of Fr Jacques Hamel.
We also show our solidarity with the people of the Rouen Diocese and France by addressing Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen, who was at the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow when this terrible crime was committed. [Below, you will find his press release on the day of the attack.]
And, we pray for all victims of human folly, and we will submit this book of prayer and condolence to Archbishop Lebrun.
PRESS RELEASE OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF ROUEN FOLLOWING THE TAKING OF HOSTAGES OF SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY
This morning in Krakow, I have learned of the killing which has befallen the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
The three victims: the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, 84, and the authors of the assassination. Three other people were injured, one very seriously.
I cry out to God with all men of good will. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry! With young World Youth Day attendees, we pray as we prayed at the tomb of Father Popielusko in Warsaw, assassinated during the communist regime...
Dominique Lebrun, +Archbishop of Rouen, 26 July 2016
INCLUDED IN THE FRENCH BISHOPS' CALL FOR PRAYER AND FASTING, FOR FRIDAY, 29 JULY [as given by Msgr Dumas, Secretary General of the French Bishops Conference]
"I invite all the Catholics of France to participate in a day of fasting and prayer for our country and for peace in the world this Friday."
“We want to maintain and develop dialogue between the different people in our country. We need peace, we need fraternity, we need to build a society where people love each other, and we will continue this path. The Catholic Church in France wants that...We should see the horizon, the horizon of peace, of joy, brotherhood and prayer. We are rooted in our faith and in Christ and we believe that evil and violence will not have the upper hand."