Bishop Eric Aumonier of Versailles, the diocese that includes Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, said on October 16 that the murder “shakes us, like all citizens attached to the values of freedom, equality and fraternity.”
Catholic Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen was joined by representatives of the Muslim, Jewish and other Christian communities on October 18 at the memorial near the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, where Hamel was assassinated by Islamists in 2016.
They laid a wreath in honor of Samuel Paty, killed on October 16 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb of Paris. The religious leaders then observed a minute of silence.
In a statement, members of the Rouen interfaith committee said they had gathered “to express their shock and the utmost condemnation of the murder”.
“God cannot ask to kill,” they said, alluding to reports that the author, Abdullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, allegedly attacked Paty after the teacher showed his class a cartoon depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad .
Eyewitnesses said Anzorov shouted “Allahu akbar” – in Arabic for “God is great” – while murdering Paty near the college where he was teaching. The 18-year-old Russian national of Chechen origin was shot dead by police shortly after the murder.
The religious leaders declared that they were committed, “each according to his tradition, to guide his community, to educate young people, so that they build a true fraternity with all where dialogue replaces violence”.
In a separate statement of October 17, Bishop Lebrun, who was Fr. The Bishop of Hamel presented the condolences of the Catholics of the diocese of Rouen to the family of Paty.
“May the murderer and those who nurture fanaticism find light in an authentic encounter with God. God never wants death, not even that of the wicked. He wants humanity to turn away from evil in order to rediscover its vocation of love, ”declared the bishop in a press release co-signed with two other Catholic officials.
Other French bishops joined Archbishop Lebrun in lamenting Paty’s murder.
Bishop Eric Aumonier of Versailles, the diocese that includes Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, said on October 16 that the assassination “shakes us, like all citizens attached to the values of freedom, equality and fraternity.”
“We carry him in our prayers, with his family, his colleagues, his students and all those who are deeply hurt by this appalling act”, declared Aumonier in a joint declaration with Mgr Bruno Valentin.
Hamel was killed by supporters of the Islamic State while offering mass on July 26, 2016. The Diocese of Rouen opened a preliminary investigation into the cause of the priest’s holiness the same year, after Pope Francis had waived the traditional five-year waiting period.