Pope Francis on Wednesday urged religious leaders to tell their followers that any killing carried out in the name of God is “satanic.”
The pontiff made the remarks during a Mass in honour of Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest murdered by ISIS-supporting teenagers who stormed his church in northern France in July.
At the mass which held Santa Marta and attended by the Archbishop Dominque Lebrun of Rouen, along with 80 other pilgrims from the diocese, Pope Francis said:
“Killing in the name of God is satanic. I would like it if all religions said this, ‘To kill in the name of God is satanic.
“This is a story that repeats itself in the Church, and today. There are more Christian martyrs than there were at beginning of Christianity.
“There are Christians who are murdered, tortured, imprisoned, have their throats slit because they do not deny Jesus Christ. This history, continues with our Father Jacques: he is part of this chain of martyrs.
“Father Jacques Hamel was slain as he celebrated the sacrifice of Christ’s crucifixion. A good man, a meek man, a man who always tried to build peace was murdered.
“This is the satanic thread of persecution. What a pleasure it would be if all religious confessions would say: ‘to kill in the name of God is satanic”.
Father Jacques Hamel, was murdered by ISIS-supporting teenagers who stormed his church in northern France in July.
They forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat while performing a “sort of sermon around the altar in Arabic,” one of the nuns told France’s BFMTV at the time.
The Police reportedly shot both attackers dead as they ran out of the church shouting “Allahu Akbar”.