As reported in Townhall.com
On July 26, Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered while celebrating Mass in Normandy, France. He has now been declared a martyr by Pope Francis. The two men who murdered Hamel had pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Speaking on Wednesday at a requiem Mass for Fr. Hamel, Pope Francis said that Fr. Hamel had joined the “chain of martyrs” and had accepted his martyrdom. He then referred to Fr. Hamel as “blessed,” which is a title reserved for those who have beatified. Beatification is the step below sainthood.
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