Close  

PH condemns attack on French church, killing of priest

/ 07:27 PM August 01, 2016
French police officers stand guard in front of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray's city hall, Normandy, France, after an attack on a church that left a priest dead, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Two attackers invaded a church Tuesday during morning Mass near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing an 84-year-old priest by slitting his throat and taking hostages before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French police officers stand guard in front of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray’s city hall, Normandy, France, after an attack on a church that left a priest dead, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Two attackers invaded a church Tuesday during morning Mass near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing an 84-year-old priest by slitting his throat and taking hostages before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. AP

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday slammed what it called a “barbaric attack” of terrorists in France, which resulted in the death of a Catholic priest.

READ: French jihadist attacks Church, kills priest while under arrest

ADVERTISEMENT

“The Philippine Government and the entire Filipino nation mourns and strongly condemns the barbaric attack by Islamic State militants on Saint-Etienne du Rouvray Parish Church in Normandy, France, that forcibly ended the life of Catholic Priest, Father Jacques Hamel, and terrorized his congregation on July 26,” DFA said in a statement.

“The utter disrespect to a place of worship of these terrorist elements makes the attack even more horrific,” it said, adding that “there is no justification for the horror and brutality perpetrated by these terrorist elements.”

FEATURED STORIES

READ: Christians, Muslims mourn murdered french priest

DFA said the act was “a perversion of religion and a product of a warped ideology, which are incompatible with the democratic and humanitarian traditions upon which the Philippines and France are founded.”

It expressed solidarity with France and support for its efforts to combat “nefarious elements that persistently attempt to degrade humanity, ridicule our shared values of democracy, respect for religious beliefs and peaceful co-existence, and the systems of criminality and violence that perpetuate it.”

READ: Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet french town

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Department of Foreign Affairs, DFA, France, Jacques Hamel, Normandy, Saint-Etienne du Rouvray Parish Church, Terrorism
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.