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French priest killed 'in hatred of the faith,' says Australian archbishop

July 28, 2016

Celebrating Mass for the repose of the soul of Father Jacques Hamel, an Australian archbishop said that the French priest was killed "in odium fidei-- that is, in hatred of the faith."

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney reminded his congregation that he was using the formula that describes the death of a martyr. He went on to say that the killing was part of "a targeted attack on our Christian faith." Noting that the Islamic terrorists had conducted a ritual sacrifice on the altar and delivered a mock homily, the archbishop concluded: "So their act was not just murder but also sacrilege, desecration, blasphemy."


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