Lebrun extended his thoughts for the priest’s family. his response“We only want to surround you this morning,” he said. He thanked those from other religious communities — including Muslims and Jews — whose attendance showed they had “decided to come together, so that this should never happen again.” On Sunday, Muslims attended Mass in churches around France and in neighboring Italy to pay their respects to the slain priest. In the wake of Hamel’s killing, an Italian politician, Lombardy President Roberto Maroni, called for the priest to be made a saint. String of atrocities The killing of the elderly priest in a house of worship rocked France, already stunned by a string of Islamist attacks, including one on Bastille Day in Nice that left 84 people dead. The attack on the priest further strained religious tensions, and raised questions about the government’s ability to respond to the domestic terror threat. Both attackers — who pledged allegiance to ISIS — were known to security services. One of them, Adel Kermiche, 19, even wore an electronic monitoring device during the attack, officials say. He had traveled abroad to try to fight in Syria.
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