Muslims Attend Sunday Mass To Show Solidarity Against Terror Attacks

Posted on Aug 1 2016 - 12:17pm by Abi Smith

After the horrific events of last week when a priest was murdered, muslims attended Sunday mass at churches across the continent to show solidarity against such awful acts of terror.

The teenagers who took hostages at a Catholic church in Normandy and later slit the throat of 85-year-old Rev Jacques Hamel at the altar, pledged their allegiance to so-called Islamic State.

In a bid to combat such horrifying attacks which are being carried out in the name of Islam, a group of Muslims decided to unite against this terror by attending various masses.

Some even attended the mass at the church where Father Jacques Hamel died. They were joined in the congregation by one of the nuns who was taken hostage during the atrocity last week.

This July 23, 2016 mobile phone image released by Cindy Aubree shows French Priest Jacques Hamel. Priest Jacques Hamel was killed on Tuesday, July 26 when two attackers slit the throat of the priest who was celebrating Mass Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in France, killing him and gravely injured another of the handful of church-goers present before being shot to death by police. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the first attack in a church in the West. ( Cindy Aubree via AP)

More joined services across Italy, including in Milan and Rome where churches opened their doors for a multi-faith service.

Outside the cathedral in Rouen, close to Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray where Father Jacques died, people applauded when a group of Muslims unfurled a banner reading ‘Love for all. Hate for none.’

epa05449740 members of the congregation in Santa Maria Caravaggio church in Milan, Italy 31 July 2016 during a multi faith service organized by Italy's Islamic Religious Community (COREIS). The organisation called on Muslims to join Christians in condemnation of Islamist terrorism after extremists murdered a Catholic priest, Jacques Hamel, during Mass near Rouen in France 26 July 2016. EPA/FLAVIO LO SCALZO

‘We are very moved by the presence of our Muslim friends and I believe it is a courageous act that they did by coming to us.’ Dominique Lebrun, the archbishop of Rouen, said following the service in Rouen.