In solidarity with Catholics over the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel by terrorists who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in his Church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, Muslims across France and Italy attended Mass on Sunday.
According to the BBC, France’s Muslim council, the CFCM, urged Muslims to show “solidarity and compassion” over the murder.
“We are all Catholics of France,” said Anouar Kbibech, the head of the CFCM.
“We’re very touched. It’s an important gesture of fraternity,” Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen told a French television station July 31, the BBC reported.
“They’ve told us, and I think they’re sincere, that it’s not Islam which killed Jacques Hamel.”
“We want to say no to this new racism,” a Catholic who attended a Mass along with several imams at the Roman minor basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere told CNA. “We are not afraid … we are here because we are all brothers, as Jesus teaches us.”